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Peer Mentoring Programs

Multicultural Student Services sponsors three identity-based peer mentoring programs for first year and transfer students.  Incoming students will be contacted during the summer, based on demographic information shared during the admission process, to receive information about how to be matched with a mentor.


  • Provide support and introduce new students to resources and services to help them adjust academically and socially to UVA.
  • Guide students through their acclimation to UVA and their personal identity and cultural journey
  • Provide personal and professional enrichment opportunities for students
  • Build sense of community, connection, and belonging.


  • Maintain regular contact with peer mentor
  • Attend academic, personal development, and social workshops
  • Complete fall and spring evaluations


Applications to become a peer mentor for the 2019-20 academic year will be available here in late fall/early spring.


  • Rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th year
  • Good academic and judicial standing with the University
  • Good interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Ability to empathize and provide academic and personal support to an incoming student
  • Desire and interest in helping new students adjust and feel welcomed to the University
  • Commitment to investing the time necessary to be an effective mentor


  1. Attend and actively participate in spring and fall training activities. Spring training is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 17th, 9am-5pm.
  1. Meet one-on-one with your assigned mentees to discuss academic and social adjustment at the university, concerns, and successes as well as provide updates and beneficial information.  Assist mentees with planning academic and personal goals.
  1. Attend the requisite number of socials and programs that are coordinated by the mentoring exec team.
  1. Complete monthly contact forms to provide updates to the mentoring exec team regarding your assigned mentee group’s progress.
  1. Disseminate all pertinent information and announcements from Multicultural Student Services.  Assist in the advertising and dissemination of information for various programs sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.
  1. Participate in an end-of-year assessment

Specific Mentor Expectations & Time Commitment


Meet with mentee(s) twice per month

Email check-in each week through mid-October

Attendance at MEMP group events once a month


Meet with mentee(s) twice per month in September & October; once per month November – May


Email check-in each week through mid-October

Attendance at group events is also required; the executive board for your program will communicate specific expectations regarding group events