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Developing a Peer Mentor Program on Campus. Mike Luna Director of Student Activities Otis College of Art and Design. The process. Otis Vision – October 2011 National Conference – February 2012 The Recruitment Process The Group Interview Process The Individual Interviews

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Developing a peer mentor program on campus

Developing a Peer Mentor Program on Campus

Mike Luna

Director of Student Activities

Otis College of Art and Design


The process

The process

Otis Vision – October 2011

National Conference – February 2012

The Recruitment Process

The Group Interview Process

The Individual Interviews

Offers made to initial candidates

First Training Session


Academic impressions

Academic impressions

Developing a Comprehensive

Peer Mentor Program

February 1 - 3, 2012

Orlando, FL


The recruitment process

The recruitment process

Initial recruitment March, 2012

  • Become a Peer Mentor! Do you enjoy connecting with students?Would you enjoy welcoming and transitioning new students into the

    Otis Community?

  • Information Sessions in the Student Lounge:To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • A minimum Sophomore-level student by of Fall 2012

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Have an award winning personality

    How to apply:

  • Download online application

  • Drop by the Student Activities Office, Rm B02,

  • Applications due by Monday, April 9, at 5:00pm

  • *Two Part Interview Process

  • Peer Mentor Flyer (PDF)Job Description (PDF)Application (PDF)Reference Form (PDF)


The group interview process

The group interview process

Group Interview – Peer Mentor Program

Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Ice-Breaker Activity  

  • Whom Do You Choose – Individual and Group Exercise (Handout provided)

  • Group Event Planning Exercise – (Handout provided) 

  • Questions by candidates/sign-up for individual interview April 16-20

  • Candidates board shuttle and depart for SM Pier

  • Shuttle arrives to SM Pier – candidates participate in Kite Fair

  • Shuttle departs SM Pier – candidates return to Otis.

  • Candidates arrive back to Otis – Interview complete

    *Candidates will be given to stay at the community event (Kite Fair)

    past the 12:45pm return time.


The individual interviews

The individual interviews

Sample Interview Questions:

  • Why do you think professionalism is important in regards to the Peer Mentorship? What does professionalism mean to you?

  • During our training time we will talk a lot about the expectations that both the college and I have for Peer Mentors. What expectations would you have for yourself regarding your behavior and conduct as a Peer Mentor?

  • If you could pick any food in the refrigerator to describe you, what food would you choose and why?


Offers made to initial candidates

Offers made to initial candidates

Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Blvd. Room B02

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Christina Caballeros

[email protected]

310-658-7678

April 27, 2012

Dear Christina:

Congratulations! I am pleased to welcome you to the Otis Peer Mentor team for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 terms.  I believe that your skills, abilities, and willingness to serve others will be an asset to the group.  I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead over the upcoming year with a fantastic Peer mentor team!  

Training Dates

Peer Mentor Contract

Stipend for training

Stipend for the Academic Year 

Please read, sign and return the attached Peer Mentor contract.  If you have any questions about the position responsibilities before signing your contract please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I am very much looking forward to working with you and the new team of Peer Mentors over the next year!   

Sincerely,

Mike Luna

Director of Student Activities


Training sessions

Training sessions:

  • Three Saturday Training Sessions 9:00am – 4:00pm

  • One Full-Weekend Training – August 3-5, 2012 (Camp)

    Workshops and specific Learning Outcomes during training

  • Knowledge of building a team environment with twenty-two fellow Peer Mentors.

  • Developmental Experiences for First-Year Students

  • Expectations from the College re: the role of a Peer Mentor.

  • Professionalism and Integrity as a Peer Mentor

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • First Generation/Parents of New Students

  • Full and complete knowledge of the campus Environment and Resources

  • Understanding Parent’s of New Students and First Generation Students

  • Wellness Advocacy

  • Diversity Training Workshop

  • FERPA and Confidentiality

  • Programming and the Programming Model

  • Time Management


Program theme action take 1

Program themeAction Take 1

A Program to

Engage and Empower First-Year Students!

Office of Student Activities

Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Blvd. Room #B02

Los Angeles, CA 90045

310-846-2595

[email protected]


Trouble shooting

Trouble shooting

  • Not enough applicants

  • Peer Mentors not available for summer Training

  • International Students eligibility to work

  • New Hire Paperwork

  • Late applicants – No Group Process

  • Budgetary Concerns?


The 2012 2013 otis peer mentor team

The 2012-2013 Otis peer mentor team


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