The Center for International Student Access (CISA) seeks applicants for the Peer Educational Mentorship (PEM) Program, a paid opportunity for qualified, motivated students at Mason who are focused on leadership opportunities and intercultural experiences. The mentors, called Peer Educators (PEs), will serve as role models to international students in the ACCESS and BRIDGE Programs, with the possibility of working with international students in the GLobal Understanding Experience (GLUE) Program (offered through the Office of Global and International Strategies in summer term). PEs will also provide advice, encouragement, and positive reinforcement to build self-confidence among their mentees. This peer mentorship is a year-long commitment; it aims to assist first-year international mentees with their academic studies and help them to become active members of the university community.
Peer Educator Responsibilities
Peer Educators will be expected to commit approximately 4 hours a week to assist ACCESS and BRIDGE students, with guidance from CISA staff and course instructors, during the academic year. This includes: attending bi-weekly feedback and training sessions, helping mentees to get acquainted with university resources, encouraging strong study habits, assisting with class selections and registration, and encouraging involvement in university activities and student clubs. In addition, PEs are expected to facilitate intercultural communication with their mentees in an effort to enhance their educational and multicultural experiences at Mason. As mentoring is a relationship built on trust, PEs will also be required to sign a privacy contract.
- Earn a stipend of $750 per semester, for a total of $1,500 over the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Earn points toward the university Global Proficiency Certificate, a Leadership Award, or a Certificate of Participation (more details to be provided upon selection).
- Option of earning 1 credit in course PROV 207. (Please Note: Course loads over 16 credits will be charged a course overload fee. This credit is not required, however.)
- Personal growth in the areas of leadership experience; intercultural communication; critical awareness of ethical challenges; and development of multicultural perspectives.
- Additional possibilities for strong participants: 1) Nomination for Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars & 2) Work experience with international students in the GLUE Program, offered by the Office of Global & International Strategies in June, July and August, during which visiting international students come to Mason for month-long programs. More details will follow to those selected who are interested in participating.
Selection Criteria & Process
Applications for the PEM Program are reviewed by a committee of CISA & GLUE Program staff. PE selections will be made by April 11, 2012.
The PEM Program committee will select participants who meet the following criteria:
- Are upper-level (juniors, seniors, and graduate students)*
- Have excellent academic standing, an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Are conscious about mentoring through interaction with other students
- Have some form of intercultural experience & appreciate cultural diversity
- Are active members of the university community
- Are committed to participating in the PEM Program’s events and assignments (e.g. orientation session & bi-weekly meetings)
*Sophomores can be mentors for freshmen ACCESS students, provided they have completed the PLP Program and have maintained good academic standing.
How to Apply
Peer Educator candidates may apply by submitting the following materials to the Center for International Student Access:
- PEM Application & Recommendation letter*
- Goals statement (750 words) on why you would like to become a Peer Educator. Please include any relevant peer leadership experience and explain your interest in cross-cultural learning experiences.
*GMU instructor references are preferred; however, students may select a supervisor from a previous/current employer. For PLPs, PAs, and invited CISA students, recommendation letters are waived.
All application materials are due no later than March 23, 2012 and must be submitted to:
CISA/ATTN: L. Kenton
Mason Hall, Room D217
4400 University Drive, MS 5D1
Fairfax, VA 22030