Role of the Commuter Peer Mentor
Commuter Peer Mentors (CPMs) serve as student leaders, assisting first‐year commuter students with their transition to the University of Colorado Boulder. CPMs provide a network of support for incoming students by serving as a mentor, connecting them to campus resources, planning programs that will aid in their transition to college, and working with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations and other campus offices to plan, promote, and implement initiatives specifically focused on first‐year commuter students. This position is ideal for students looking to gain marketable skills in peer mentorship, event planning, and administrative skills while helping to shape the first year student commuting experience.
Responsibilities of the Commuter Peer Mentor
- Serve as a role model, advocate, and mentor for an assigned group of first-year commuter students (Commuter Cohort).
- Advocate for the interests, needs, and rights of assigned Commuter Cohort.
- Maintain consistent contact with assigned Commuter Cohort (via face‐to‐face, email, phone, etc.).
- Provide visibility and be accessible to answer questions and provide resources to assigned Commuter Cohort.
- Assist assigned Commuter Cohort in making connections to campus resources, academic resources, and student organizations on campus.
- Assist with programs and/or resource materials for assigned Commuter Cohort to help them transition to the university and integrate them into campus life.
- Actively participate in welcome programming including the Commuter Student Welcome Experience and on-going programs.
- Assist with staffing the Commuter Lounge, on average, around 2 hours per week.
- Arrive on time to assigned shifts or follow appropriate procedures to notify professional staff of tardiness or absence.
- Provide quality customer service by assisting with phone, email, and in person questions or concerns.
- Elevate matters to professional staff in a timely manner when necessary.
- Manage locker check in/out process.
- Assist in maintaining cleanliness and organization of the Commuter Lounge.
- Attend bi-weekly staff meetings.
- Attend and actively engage with all mandatory training and meetings.
- Effectively utilize time management to balance expectations for programming and individual connection with cohort members.
- Employ a variety of tools to complete and curate work with assigned Commuter Cohort and the overall CPM team including phone, email, newsletters, Microsoft Teams, and the Buff Chats App. Additional training will be provided, as needed, for these tools.
- Maintain good academic standing with your College and be a full‐time registered sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the start of the Fall 2022 semester. Preference for commuting experience at CU Boulder.
- Willingness and ability to model personal behavior consistent with the CU Colorado Creed, goal‐setting, and mentoring for first‐year commuter students. Good disciplinary standing at the time of application and throughout the duration of your appointment.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application and throughout the duration of employment.
- Must demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Must have the ability to manage time effectively and work independently.
- Must demonstrate the ability to serve as a role model by modeling professionalism, integrity, and inclusivity.
- CPMs must be available August 15th - 17th for in person all staff training.
- CPM positions are for one academic year beginning in August 2022 through May 2023. There may be a possibility for CPMs to be retained into future academic years if there is availability, interest, and satisfactory performance.
- Estimated up to 5 hours per week; additional hours may be needed for special events
- $750 leadership stipend for each semester in role ($1,500 for 2 semesters or the academic year)
- Some meals during special in-person student events and commuter programs
- Valuable peer leadership, networking, and programming experience
- Professional development and campus resource training