Mentorship and peer programs

Departments across the university provide a number of programs that support Waterloo students in their social, cultural and academic transition to university.

Peer mentorship programs can connect you with upper-year mentors who act as a non-judgmental, approachable and knowledgeable first resource and support system. Each of these programs are targeted at groups of students seeking specific types of support. The Student Success Office provides training opportunties for students who are, or are interested in, peer leadership roles.


Mentorship programs

Due to COVID-19, all regular mentorship programs may not be offering services in the spring 2020 term.

The following programs are running as usual for spring 2020:

 

Regular programs

Do you run a mentorship program at UWaterloo? Contact Jill Knight to add it to the list below.

Program  Audience About the program
AccessAbility Peer Mentorship Transition Program

Students registered With AccessAbility Services

This peer-based mentoring program allows students registered with AccessAbility Services (AAS) to share their experience and knowledge with students who are new to AAS, in order to help create a smooth transition to post-secondary education.

AFM Fellowship Program

First-year School of Accounting and Finance students

Connect with a third-year mentor for two years who can help you tackle academic and accounting industry demands.

Arts Community Engagement (ACE) Team

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts

The ACE team is a group of enthusiastic and motivated Arts student volunteers within the Faculty of Arts. They are the driving force behind all of the Arts Engagement events on campus. They dedicate their free time to ensure that Arts events are a success and to foster a strong sense of community among all Arts students! Some past events held include: Midterm De-stress, Declare a Major parties, and Whine & Cheese.

BASE Peer Leaders

Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) students

BASE Peer Leaders have a desire and passion for helping first-year international students and English Language Learners. Our Peer Leaders provide student success coaching support to students in the BASE program, while also coordinating social, academic, and transitional events for students. They also help to oversee volunteer student committees to encourage BASE students to get involved at the University of Waterloo.

Career Leaders

All Waterloo students

Mentors connect you with resources in preparation for your job search including help with cover letters, resumes and interviews.  

 
Computing and Financial Management Mentorship Program First-year Computing and Financial Management students

The Computing and Financial Management Mentorship Program mentors are happy to welcome you to the CFM community and are interested in sharing what it’s like to be a CFM student. talking about their co-op and academic experiences, providing tips for effective time management and more.

Department of English Peer Mentoring Program

Second-year and transfer students pursuing an English major

Network with upper-year English students, learn about Waterloo opportunities and experiences and gain support in academics, balance and organization.

English Language Institute Peer Leaders

English For Academic Success & General English at Renison students

ELI Peer Leaders help English Language Learners improve their English and communication skills through social activities. The Peer Leaders facilitate conversation activities and social trips to help our students experience life in Canada and have a positive student experience.

International Peer Community

All new international students including undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students

Meet and attend events with your International Peer Community.

Library Ambassadors

Undergraduate and graduate students

Library Ambassadors facilitate peer-to-peer interactions between students to promote Library services and resources. Library Ambassadors represent the Library at campus fairs and events, create a term project that promotes the Library and student engagement, as well as user feedback sessions, Academic Integrity sessions, and mentoring (with Senior Library Ambassadors and Library staff). Library Ambassadors work throughout the semester on developing skills in the areas of leadership, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and event planning.

Move Your Mind

All students looking to experience the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive benefits of being active

Use physical activity as a way to better your mental health and wellbeing.  Mentors provide support through one on one activity consultations, goal setting and scheduling, attend workouts together, and provide motivation and accountability throughout the term.

Peer Leaders in Living Learning Communities

First-year students

A Living-Learning Community is a group of students from the same program or faculty, who live together in the same area of residence. Each group is assigned an upper-year Peer Leader who offers mentorship and support.

Peer Success Coaching

All Waterloo students

A Peer Success Coach will help support your academic success by teaching you key foundational skills and strategies. The coaches provide various resources and learning strategies, and an opportunity to reflect on your academic goals, identify your learning style and develop a personalized action plan.

weCONNECTu

First-year students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences 

weCONNECTu provides mentorship to first-year students entering the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences by matching first-year students with an upper-year mentor, who acts as a resource to answer questions, connects their mentees with resources and services on campus, and offers social support in order to ease students’ transition to university.

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Foundational Training Program

The Foundational Training Program (FTP) for Peer Leaders provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to develop core skills for working in a peer-to-peer program at the University of Waterloo. The FTP supports the quality and efficacy of peer-to-peer programs across campus by providing centralized training for students to enhance skills that are critical to mentorship success, as well as workplace preparedness.

This program equips students with tools and strategies that they can adapt for their specific role and peer program. Participants also have an opportunity to make connections with other peers and leaders across campus.

Any undergraduate or graduate student who is, or wishes to be, a peer leader is invited register in Portal to participate in training.  

The FTP is delivered in a combination of online modules and one in-person workshop. To complete their training, participants will:

  • Spend three to four hours in LEARN independently
  • Attend one in-person workshop (two hours)

Training covers the following topics:

  • Peer leader expectations
  • Effective communication and rapport building
  • Campus resources and making referrals
  • Working with UWaterloo students

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