Standard MODs Peer Mentor Application

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Manhattan Opens Doors (MODs) Peer Mentoring program is to assist incoming students with the adjustment to college. MODs are moderators of early experiences at Manhattan College. They build on the relationships begun during Orientation by remaining available to their orientation groups and all incoming students during the fall semester. They introduce strategies and resources to help incoming students become comfortable, confident and capable of academic success in college. Because of the demands of the position, the broad range of skills it requires, and the training the mentors receive, it is an excellent development opportunity for emerging leaders in the College community.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF MODs:

 In the fall semester, MODs will:

  • Remain available to their orientation groups via technology (email, GroupMe chats, etc.) as well as openness to in-person interaction
  • Initiate interactions with their group or students within their group at least once a week
  • Host regular office hours each week at a designated location on campus for students who have questions or need some kind of support
  • Draft newsletter content on topic relevant to new student transition
  • Co-create and administer a monthly workshop or program on topics related to college success, such as time management, goal-setting, dealing with stress, professionalism in communicating with professors and administrators, etc.
  • Connect students with relevant campus resources as needed
  • Use the campus advising software to track attendance for programming, log offline interactions, and submit referrals for students experiencing problems requiring intervention by an administrator MODs

QUALIFICATIONS

A successful student leader in this position will possess the following attributes:

  • Ability to assume responsibility, follow directives, and work quickly and effectively under pressure
  • Integrity and ability to work independently in the absence of direct supervision
  • Good academic and judicial standing with the College
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, or show significant progress toward the minimum GPA requirement
  • Knowledge about Manhattan College life and appreciation of Manhattan College values, particularly Lasallian values such as inclusivity, concern for others, and commitment to quality education
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with a diverse group of people
  • Demonstrated reliability and strong work ethic
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when required
  • Availability for a monthly staff meeting with the Retention Specialist, Associate Director of Student Life, and the other mentors