Peer Advisor Job Description
The Peer Advisor program is aimed at assisting in the transition of incoming students and providing support on a personal, social, and academic level to freshmen and transfer students.
Twenty-five to thirty Freshmen Peer Advisors and four-five Transfer Peer Advisors (who are student volunteers) are each assigned a Peer Group of 15-25 students. During Orientation, Peer Advisors facilitate group cohesion (within their peer group and the incoming class as a whole) through activities designed to promote a sense of campus community and to enhance student retention.
Peer Advisors serve as a resource and are responsible for keeping in contact with students in their Peer Groups during the entire academic school year. Bimonthly Peer Advisor meetings are planned during the fall and monthly meetings in the spring to routinely allow Peer Advisors to both learn from and help each other.
So what is a PA?
Peer Advisors are student mentors who serve a vital role in the transition of our first-year and transfer students into the CLU community. PAs are dedicated CLU students who possess strong communication skills, a desire to be part of a team, and pride in CLU. This is a great way to get involved, meet new friends and make a difference!
Qualifications to be a PA:
- Current, full-time student with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
- In good standing with the University, (e.g. not on disciplinary probation)
Responsibilities of an PA:
- Communicate with their Peer Group and parents during the summer preceding Orientation
- Read the selected book for the Summer Reading Program.*
- Attend spring and August training sessions prior to orientation. ALL TRAINING IS REQUIRED!
- Work with a team of approximately 55 Peer Advisors and Orientation Staff.
- Lead a small group of 15-25 first-year students throughout the Orientation program
- Take care of Orientation logistics (e.g. assembling packets, hanging posters, decorating campus, etc.).
- Plan meetings and Home Visits (e.g. games and what to talk about).
- Meet with Peer Group parents during Orientation.
- Attend all New Student Orientation activities (e.g. Home Visits, meetings, Sandblast, etc.).
- Support INTD 101 Freshmen Seminar mentor(s) and be prepared to team-teach the class.*
- Plan a Peer Group outing (in coordination with Faculty and Admin. Mentor).
- Model appropriate academic and social behaviors to incoming students and families.
- Meet with Peer Group 3-4 times during the Fall and Spring semester
- Attend the bimonthly Fall and monthly Spring PA meetings.
- Maintain your academic GPA of at least 2.5 cumulative points.
- Communicate with parents and family members of new students
- Attend and promote on-campus events with Peer Group.
- Have fun!
* Not applicable to Transfer Peer Advisors.
- Gain transferable skills that will make you competitive in the job market.
- Enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Learn how to facilitate and mentor a group of first-year CLU students.
- Strengthen personal communication and public speaking skills.
- Participate and lead multiple teambuilding experiences.
- Work with numerous leaders on campus.
- Gain a better understanding of CLU, its organizational structure, and resources.
- Network with various University faculty, staff and administrators.
- Receive a one-of-a-kind Orientation t-shirt.
- Free food
- NEW FRIENDS!
- A plethora of memories!