The Hispanic/Latinx Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) is a program to assist in the transition of incoming students. Student mentors draw from their own experience at the University of Virginia as well as from their training to inform and guide newer students who are making the transition from their previous institution to the diverse academic, intellectual and social culture that they find here.
The Peer Mentoring Program is student-led and professionally coordinated through Multicultural Student Services. Students, with their experience, their caring and their commitment are at the heart of PMP. The program’s infrastructure, selection process, training, and oversight are managed through the Assistant Director within Multicultural Student Services.
Entering students will be contacted in June welcoming them to the University and introducing PMP. Upon the start of school, interested potential mentees are matched up to mentors after having met everyone through several events, aptly named Mentor-Mentee Weeks. The events for this two week-long bonding include sports, food, and other get togethers and concludes with Mentor Matching in mid-September. Through these events we will match a mentee to a mentor and we will have a Big Reveal.
Altogether, there are 4 PMP familias, each lead by an exec member, with about 20-25 mentors each! Mentors are approachable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable about University resources, and genuinely interested in helping others. Initial contact over the summer is made by the executive board followed by a second contact by mentors. They offer to answer questions and remain available to interested incoming students. PMP is a great way to meet people, build community and have fun.