The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment’s Buckeye Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) is a program that is intended to provide a network of support and leadership development for first-generation students in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to providing access to curricular support and opportunities, university and community resources and mentorship, students will be given the opportunity to build a community through weekly roundtable discussions with students who are navigating campus through the lens of a shared experience.
As a peer mentor you will not only help new students learn to navigate the university but will also offer them a safe space by offering support and a sense of belonging during their transition to college. Each peer mentor will be assigned no more than 2-3 mentees in order to give new students who are accepted into the program a more individualized experience. Peer mentors are responsible for preparing and facilitating weekly round table discussions with BOLD members, participating in peer mentor programming meetings and must remain flexible to other requests, including representing the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment (OUR) during recruitment events and coordinating community service projects.
Peer mentor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Offering individualized attention to 2-3 BOLD mentees.
- Supporting BOLD mentees and creating a sense of belonging during their college transition by acquainting mentees to campus life, campus resources and familiarizing mentees with campus co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
- Attending all peer mentor programming meetings and actively participating in discussions and providing constructive feedback.
- Developing content and facilitating weekly round table discussions.
- Attending all BOLD meetings and events unless otherwise noted or excused.
- Maintaining an appropriate level of academic excellence.
BOLD mentees are incoming first-generation, new first-year students. Once accepted into the program, new students (mentees) will be paired with continuing students (sophomores – seniors) as their peer mentors. The primary goal of this relationship is to foster a connection that supports a successful college transition and matriculation. The relationship will promote a sense of belonging and create a safe space for expressing concerns and receiving guidance related to the mentees' experience as a first-generation student.
Program benefits for the peer mentee include, but are not limited to:
- Providing a network of support and leadership development for first generation students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Serving as a safe space by offering a sense of belonging during the transition to college.
- Fostering a connection where mentees feel open and comfortable sharing questions and concerns related to their college experience.
- Providing awareness of and access to university and community resources and services.
- Building a community through roundtable discussions with other students who are navigating campus through the lens of a shared experience.
Questions? Contact: Brandy Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org