Partners For Success: Developing An Effective Peer Mentoring Program To Support First-Generation College Students
In these difficult economic times of budget cuts and limited resources, it is critical to identify and implement best practices for making the most of existing assets while continuing to serve students effectively. First-generation college-goers experience a variety of challenges as they enter and move through higher education. In fact, much of the existing research indicates that students whose parents did not attend college are more likely than their non first-generation counterparts to be less academically prepared for college, to have less knowledge of how to apply for college and for financial assistance, and to have more difficulty in acclimating themselves to college once they enroll (Tym, et al., 2005). As Vargas (2004) explains, low-income, minority, and first-generation students are especially likely to lack specific types of college knowledge. Zimmerman (2000) asserts that at-risk students are less likely to seek help when they need it. As such, educational institutions must provide students with specific types of resources and support to ensure that they move through college successfully.
This webinar will explore peer mentoring programs and how they can serve to supplement existing programmatic and institutional efforts. In addition to supporting first-generation students, peer mentoring programs build capacity and empower students through the development of critical college knowledge.
- Gain a better understanding of the role peer mentoring can play in supporting first-generation college students through degree completion
- Learn about best practices for identifying and selecting peer mentors, including the peer mentor orientation and interview process
- Learn about best practices for effectively training their peer mentors
- Be provided with a step-by-step guide on how to begin to establish mentor/mentee relationships
- Learn best practices for delivery of peer mentoring services, including what types of services work best at different times of the year
- Be provided with numerous practical resources that they can use to implement or supplement their own peer mentoring programs
- Discuss various methods for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of their peer mentoring programs
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Affairs/Services
- Advising & Counseling Staff
- Retention Specialists
- Anyone interested in student success & retention
"Peer mentoring programs aimed at supporting first-generation college students serve mentors and mentees alike, and help programs and institutions build capacity in ways that can lead to greater student retention."
Dr. Paz Maya Olivrez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she leads several student support programs. These include the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Encounter to Excellence (ETE), Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, Supplemental Instruction, & Toro Guardian Scholars. Dr. Olivrez also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Masters in College Counseling program in the College of Education at CSU Dominguez Hills. In the past, Dr. Olivrez has also held positions as a K-12 teacher, educational researcher, program evaluator, and trainer for counselors, advisors, and other K-12 and higher education professionals on best practices for supporting student success. Dr. Olivrez has spent the last 17 years working with underrepresented students and is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to the support necessary to successfully pursue their academic, personal, and professional aspirations. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Counseling from CSU Long Beach, and a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.
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