All students participating in Student Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) program receives a Peer Mentor, which are UIS Junior, Senior, or Graduate students successfully moving towards graduation and life. All mentors have experienced extensive interview/ training before being paired with a STARS mentee. All Peer Mentors meet the qualifications of having:
- 2.5 GPA or better
- Good academic & Disciplinary standing
- knowledgeable about UIS
- Comfortable meeting new people
- Being open to working with diverse populations of students
Mentors are expected to:
- Become familiar with campus organizations
- Answer questions about registration process and encourage mentee to maintain a positive and consistent relationship with their Academic Advisor
- Serve as a role model for incoming students
- Help students become familiar with university resources; advise and refer students to appropriate university resources, as the need arises
- Keep your mentee informed of campus programming, workshops, and activities that may be helpful
- Attend First-Year Mentor trainings
- Complete evaluations after your meetings explaining your activities/experiences
Our goals for mentors are to:
- Interact with their mentee a few times during each month in order to:
- Provide positive role-modeling;
- Foster a sense of belonging;
- Encourage academic and personal success.
Mentors can expect to spend approximately 15 hours over the course of each semester serving as a First-year Peer Mentor. This includes:
- One in-person meeting a month with their mentee
- Electronically contacting their mentee (via Facebook, email, text, etc.) once a week.
- Attending the First-Year Mentor Program Kick-off ‘Mentor Mania’ in addition to monthly mentor meetings.