The Mahurin Honors College's Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of MHC advising by providing peer-to-peer support systems. Peer mentors promote high-impact learning opportunities, guide scholars through the MHC curriculum options and assist in creating an inclusive, engaged learning community.
Peer mentors promote scholar success by supporting MHC advising initiatives through one-on-one peer advising, pop-up advising hours, classroom presentations, small group sessions, and direct communication with MHC scholars. Applicants can expect to dedicate 5 to 10 hours per week to the organization, including office hours in the MHC suite and/or online. Professional development includes a one-credit-hour seminar in Fall 2021 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 4:55, and monthly meetings in subsequent semesters. Members must comply with WKU’s Code of Student Conduct.
Mahurin Honors scholars with at least a 3.2 GPA and at least 9 honors hours per academic year are eligible to apply. Applicants should have earned a minimum of 12 honors credits after Spring 2021, that includes HON 251. Candidates should not already have a service committment to MHC (HonorsToppers or Alumni Ambassadors). Being a Peer Mentor requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a commitment to the following qualities:
- Awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of experiences with the MHC community
- Engaged participation in peer mentorship responsibilities
- Professional, team-oriented approach
- Growth mindset
- Leadership: Peer Mentors are the role models who help other MHC scholars set goals, plan strategically and, ultimately, succeed.
- Impact: Peer mentors positively contribute to the dynamic community of the Mahurin Honors College.
- Involvement: Peer mentors are active members of the Mahurin Honors College Advising Team. They receive individualized professional development from professional team members and are recognized for their contributions at graduation.
- Growth: Peer mentors enhance their leadership and interpersonal communication skills while also receiving specialized training in academic advising and student affairs theory.