PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Students who wish to spend a second year in the Living Arts community may apply to be peer mentors.
The mission of the Living Arts Peer Mentor Program is to support first-year students’ transitions to college by providing second-year students with the necessary tools to cultivate an enriching experience in which mentors are inspired to become creative leaders that confidently contribute to the university and beyond.
Living Arts peer mentors live in the Living Arts residential community in Bursley Hall and play an essential role in creating the Living Arts Community in three ways:
- Living Arts peer mentors work closely with their mentees on a year-long Collaborative Creative Project (CCP). Each CCP group consists of approximately 4 students who are new to Living Arts and one Peer Mentor. CCP groups will meet each month to participate in community challenges and to work on their Collaborative Creative Project to be presented at the Living Arts Symposium in April. Peer mentors may be eligible to earn credit toward the minor in Multidisciplinary Design for leading the Collaborative Creative Project.
- Living Arts peer mentors assume active leadership roles in the Living Arts community.
- Living Arts peer mentors meet informally with their mentees and introduce them to the resources of UM’s Campus.
Grounded in student development theory and molded from the University Learning Outcomes, the goals of the Peer Mentorship Program are designed to develop and hone the skills of the second year leaders in our program, while benefiting the first-year community. The Peer Mentorship Program has five key goals:
1. Peer mentors will develop their skills in mentoring others and understanding how this experience will benefit them academically, personally, and professionally
2. Peer mentors will develop a clearer sense of their style of leadership
3. Peer mentors will learn how to build community among people of different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives
4. Peer mentors will learn to effectively manage an interdisciplinary project from beginning to end in order to reach a desired outcome
5. Peer mentors will reflect upon their growth throughout the year and ways to apply it to their future in college and beyond