The Peer Educational Mentorship (PEM) Program is a paid opportunity for qualified, highly motivated undergraduate students at Mason who are interested in gaining leadership opportunities and intercultural experiences. The mentors, called Peer Educators (PEs), work with undergraduate international students in ACCESS, a first-year transitional program. PEs provide advice and positive reinforcement to their international “mentees” to help build confidence in their abilities both as students and as non-native speakers of English.
This structured, supportive relationship aims to motivate international students in their academic studies and encourage them to become active participants in the university community. Peer Educators will also help plan, organize, and implement related extracurricular and co-curricular projects, programs, and events.
Peer Educator Responsibilities
The PEM Program is an academic year-long commitment, beginning in the fall. Peer Educators are expected to commit approximately 4 hours a week to assist ACCESS students, with guidance from CISA faculty and staff, during the academic year.
In addition, Peer Educators are expected to facilitate intercultural communication with their small group of ACCESS students in an effort to enhance their educational and multicultural experiences at Mason. As mentoring is a relationship built on trust, PEs are also required to sign a privacy contract.
Selection Criteria & Process
The application due date has passed. Please check back in February 2014.
The PE Program committee selects participants who meet the following criteria:
*Sophomores can be mentors for ACCESS students if they have completed the Peer Learning Partnership (PLP) Program and have maintained good academic standing during their first year.