Why the First Year of University Matters: The Impact of Peer Mentoring (EDS377H5)

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The Course 

EDS377H5/UTM377H5 - Why First-Year University Matters: The Impact of Peer Mentoring (HUM, SSC, EXP)

This course explores contemporary issues in higher education with a focus on experiences, issues and challenges commonly encountered by undergraduate students during their first year of university.  Interdisciplinary in its focus, topics of exploration include an examination of student development theories, models of student engagement and an investigation into mindset, levels of persistence, habits of mind, and personality characteristics that impact student success. An internship component is required. Students taking the course will assume a peer-mentoring role as a LAUNCH Leader to apply and contextualize theories and skills learned in the course. This is a closed course open only to those students who have successfully secured a peer-mentoring position with the LAUNCH program.  

*Students in the Education Minor should enrol in EDS377H5. Students not in the Education Minor should enrol in UTM377H5.

What is a LAUNCH Leader?

Mentorship Matters

In the internship part/time placement LAUNCH Leaders in their particular stream will mentor a group of approximately 25-30 new to UTM undergraduate students in the same stream by leading weekly sessions and acting as a resource to assist and support their transition to university.

LAUNCH Leaders will focus on community building, engaging students with similar interests, educating students about campus resources, promoting out-of-classroom student-faculty interactions, and connecting students to existing services on campus by applying knowledge acquired in the EDS377H5/UTM377H5 - Why First-Year University Matters: Exploring the Impact of Peer Mentoring course. 

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This experience is approved on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Links to the ccr website.

How do I apply?

Selection for this internship includes an application and carousel interview process. More details can be found on our Hiring Page.


For all questions and feedback regarding LAUNCH, please contact:

Trent Barwick
Student Success Coordinator, Orientation & Transition Programs

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