Peer Mentors


What is Connections?

Connections is a university-wide mentoring program focused on helping first-year and transfer students become acclimated to campus life by guiding them to all that FAU has to offer.  Our mission is “to promote student success by increasing student engagement through mentoring programs.” Many FAU students report leaving FAU due to a lack of connection and lack in the use of academic support services. Connections seeks to aid in bridging the gap between FAU faculty/staff and students by initially targeting those who historically have had the lowest levels of college completion (i.e. first time in college, first generation, underserved minority students, and students majoring in STEM programs). Ultimately, our goal is to help all students reach their full potential in their collegiate experience by providing them with compassionate mentors.


What are the benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor?

Both mentors and mentees are sure to benefit from the mentoring process. Mentors often gain personal gratification experiencing professional, cultural, and social development. Watching mentees develop during their time at FAU is an internalized fulfillment derived from helping guide a student, including:

  • Helping to improve self-confidence of mentees

  • Easing discussions around academic and/or social difficulties

  • Facilitating the academic, personal, and professional development of a mentee

  • Enhance your resume by becoming a certified Peer Mentor through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA)

In addition to internal fulfillment, you can also:

  • Earn your Service Cord by having mentoring hours posted to your transcript through NobleHour

  • Be recognized at the End of Year Awards Celebration (see Awards)

Ultimately, as a mentor you will have the opportunity to become a motivator, advocate, coach, connector and champion. As a mentor, you will help your mentee succeed at FAU!


What are the requirements?

To become a Peer Mentor, you must:

  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completed 30 credit hours

  • Complete the Mentor Profile with two (2) references

  • Transfer students must have completed one semester (fall or spring) at FAU


What are the expectations?

  • Mentor 1-3 mentees for the full academic year

  • Meet with your mentee face-to-face at least once a month

  • Complete the Match Agreement Form

  • Attend Peer Mentor Core Training and Professional Development Seminars (at least two per semester)

  • Complete three surveys throughout the year reporting on the progress of your mentoring partnership


How will I be matched?


You are paired with a mentee through a matching algorithm that considers academic areas of interest, co-curricular involvements, and common goals for a mentoring relationship.  You will also have the option of describing any specific interests you have in supporting a mentee -- for example, mentoring a woman interested in physics, mentoring a veteran, mentoring LGBTQ identified students, etc. 

How can I apply?

Click here to apply

 Last Modified 1/16/18