The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help new BIS students become acquainted with the BIS program, support those further along in their degrees, and foster a sense of community by hosting events and aiding in the New Student Orientation. As a student run organization, the Peer Mentor Program unifies peers as a community of thriving and successful students, and is guided by the foundational principles of the University of Virginia: honor, trust, integrity and respect.
The Structure of Peer Mentors and How it Works
Each fall, the BIS staff appoints an Associate Peer Mentor who helps with communication and coordination of Peer Mentor activities. In turn, each BIS location is overseen by a Lead Peer Mentor who helps recruit and train Peer Mentors at the specific location. When new students enter BIS, they are assigned to a Peer Mentor before classes begin.
Duties of a BIS Peer Mentor
In addition to assisting their mentees, the responsibilities of BIS Peer Mentors include:
To become a Peer Mentor a BIS student must:
If you are interested in serving as a Peer Mentor, please contact Julie May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.
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