Accessibility Peer Mentor Program

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Volunteer Peer Mentors (2021-22)

We are recruiting volunteer Peer Mentors for the 2021-22 academic year (July 2021 – April 2022)!  Peer Mentors provide leadership, guidance, and support to first and second year students registered with Accessibility Services as they make the transition to university life. 

Position: Volunteer Peer Mentor
Department: Accessibility Services, University of Toronto Mississauga

Program Overview:
The Peer Mentor Learning Community (PMLC) program connects first and second year students registered with Accessibility Services with successful upper-year student mentors.  Mentors will have the opportunity to participate in weekly group events and meet with a mentee for confidential, one-on-one sessions to support their transition to the university's academic and social environment.

Peer Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the planning and delivery of academic skills workshops such as time management, study skills, note-taking, and test-taking strategies.
  • Organize and lead fun social and wellness activities such as paint/sketch parties, Zoom study groups, and virtual game nights.
  • Meet with a mentee individually to support their transition to university life.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support in key areas such as problem solving, navigating campus and community resources, and making appropriate referrals.
  • Attend all mandatory training sessions, meetings and events, including the Peer Mentor Orientation (July) and the Summer Academic Skills Institute (August).
  • Complete all mentor reflection assignments.

Time Commitment:
Weekly commitments: About 1-2 hours per week (hours depend on your assigned activity)

Number of Positions: 10

Essential Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate (third year or higher) and graduate students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
  • Good academic standing with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (as currently listed on ACORN).  Applicants whose CGPA does not meet the minimum requirement but can demonstrate that they learned from and overcame academic and personal challenges are welcome to apply.
  • Robust knowledge of campus resources.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to juggle the demands of academic studies and extracurricular activities.
  • Empathy and commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Benefits of Becoming a Peer Mentor:

  • Gain career-related experience and develop transferable skills (e.g. interpersonal, communication, leadership, time management, conflict resolution, diversity and equity awareness).
  • Learn about university resources and services.
  • Support access and full participation in campus life for persons with disabilities.
  • Receive a University of Toronto Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizing your experiences and contributions.

Application Deadline:
Email your cover letter and resume to Scott Mendoza (Volunteer Services Coordinator) by Wednesday, March 30, 2021

Emailaccessvolunteers.utm@utoronto.ca

For more information, please contact Accessibility Services at 905-828-5422 or accessvolunteers.utm@utoronto.ca

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