McNeill Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Program is a program designed to support students navigate campus during their first year at CU.  McNeill Mentors support student’s successful transition to the academic, cultural and social demands of the university. McNeill first year students are assigned a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are availible to meet individually with first year students and organize group events throughout the academic year. Plan to meet with your mentor at least once per semester.

FAQ:

What are the benefits to meeting with a McNeill Peer Mentor? 

Mentors were recently in your shoes and understand that challenges that can arise when navigating a large    campus as a first year student. As a peer, they understand what it’s like to be a college student at this very moment and can help answer questions given their first-hand experience. Mentors can assist you as you become acclimated to the McNeill program and the larger campus. Our mentor team is committed to supporting you during this transitional period.

Where can I find my peer mentor? 

You mentor sent you an email the second week of the semester. Search your inbox for “Hello from your mentor”. If you are unable to find this message, please email paula.abitia@colorado.edu

How often should I meet with my peer mentor?

You are only required to meet with your mentor once a semester but you are welcome to meet more frequently if your schedule and your mentor’s schedule allows.

What do I need to prepare before meeting my peer mentor?

You do not have to prepare anything for your meeting with your mentor. Come with an open mind and willing to engage in conversation

Events

The McNeill Peer Mentors are taking students on a number of outings during the Fall semester. Check your email for a registration link to sign-up for the following events:

 

Wednesday, 10/16- 2pm- Rec Center Studio 2- Stay and Play Dog Cafe: Play with Therapy dogs and learn about conflict resolution

Wednesday, 10/16- 5pm- UMC 330-Pumpkin Carving

Thursday, 10/17- 5:30pm-Will Vill Dining and Community Commons- Ralphie's Cooking Basics: Learn how to make homemade pasta including vegetarian options during this free cooking class

Thursday, 10/24- 7pm- CU Event Center- Volleyball Game: Cheer on the Buffs as they play Washington State

Be a McNeill Peer Mentor

Mentor applications go live during mid-March. Keep an eye on the Newsflash for more information and to ensure you submit your application by the deadline.

Mentor Requirements

  • Be a current McNeill participant
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA 
  • At least 1 year commitment
  • Be committed to using your skills to support someone else

Responsibilities

  • Adhere to ethical behavior and maintain confidentiality
  • Provide support and guidance to first year mentees
  • Connect students to campus resources and assist with college learning strategies
  • Communication with McNeill Mentor Coordinator
  • Contribute to supportive SASC environment
  • Attend at least 1 community or leadership development event
  • Attend weekly mentor meetings

Contact Us

For more information about the program, please contact:  mcneillprogram@colorado.edu