Initiatives for Improved Student Experiences and Success
Providing an integrated approach to student success services includes effective peer mentorship programs as a complement to professional support structures. Now, perhaps more than ever before, the breadth and depth of students’ needs require a campus-wide approach to ensuring their success and persistence.
Our expert presenters focus on strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of peer mentoring programs. They discuss different models, the benefits of integrating peer mentoring into broader institutional support structures, and strategies for timing and scaffolding to provide the greatest benefits for students.
You will gain a greater understanding of the benefits of mentor certification, the need to ensure that cultural competency is front and center in peer mentor training and implementation, and strategies for leveraging technology and multiple mentoring modalities so you can meet students where they are and help them reach their fullest potential.
As a result of this webinar you will be able to:
- Understand the importance of peer mentoring as a complement to professional support – appreciate the value of an integrated approach to student support so you can provide seamless services to meet a variety of student needs.
- Develop programs for scaffolding students and providing support at whatever point it’s needed – develop a strategic plan to provide the greatest benefits for students.
- Design peer mentoring programs that de-stigmatize help-seeking behavior and support student success – normalize support structures as a campus-wide team approach to engagement, persistence, and degree completion.
- Discern how best to connect with students – develop methods to engage students through their preferred communications medium so you can reach them more broadly and effectively.
- Ensure that cultural competency is front and center in peer mentor training and implementation – maintain an equity and inclusion lens in all planning and development of peer mentorship initiatives.
- Reframe mentor training programs to ensure that both peer mentors and mentees are supported through changing on-campus and external circumstances – put support structures in place that will work regardless of whether COVID continues to interrupt in-person campus services.
Dr. Lauren Bell is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
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Andrea “Annie” Keith is currently the Director of New Student Orientation & Transition Programs at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
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Included When You Purchase
- 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
- Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
- Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus
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