What Is First Year Engagement?

What is Mentoring?

A supportive, mutual, one-on-one relationship that fosters growth in social, personal and educational areas.

Role of a First Year Mentor

The job of a peer mentor is to provide support, encouragement, and information to first year students who are designated as mentees. Peer Mentors possess the ability to provide basic advice or recognize the need for additional assistance. Peer mentors will NOT be expected to deal with psychological crises, resolve disputes with advisors, faculty or other administrators and other personal or degree-related issues beyond their training and expertise. A referral service for such issues, however, is in place. A good mentor should be familiar with department rules and procedure or be able to direct the student to someone who can properly address their concerns.

Who is a first-year engagement mentee?

A mentee is a first time, first year student who is willing to participate in the mentor relationship.

What does this mean?

You, the mentor, define the mentees. Ideally, everyone in your group will be a mentee. However, there may be a student who is not willing to participate. If you identify a student in your group who does not want to be a mentee, you should notify the First Year Engagement office.

What Do You Gain from the Relationship?

You should:

  • Develop interpersonal communication skills.
  • Learn more about the University environment.
  • Develop relationships with key offices on campus.
  • Understand how you can make a difference.

FYE Peer Mentor Criteria

Why were you selected as a peer mentor?

You demonstrated willingness and ability to:

  • Be proactive and take initiative in establishing your role as a leader in the UIW community.
  • Be empathetic/understanding of diverse students.