First-Year Student Program
Integrated with each freshman’s COLA 100LA course. Every student will be assigned a peer mentor and must: complete at least three one-on-one meetings with their mentor, write a reflection paper regarding the impact of the program, and submit an end-of-semester completion survey - all for a minimum 10% of their total course grade.
- “Peer mentoring taught me that even the smallest experience can hold some value. A story you recount without thinking about it may have someone else’s answer, or at least brighten their mood.” - Michael Jones, First-Year Peer Mentor, English
- “Having a COLA peer mentor really helped me out a lot this semester emotionally and academically. As a first year and first gen it’s scary navigating on your own, but with a peer mentor things aren’t as scary as they seem. I also had an amazing mentor who was super supportive and such a cool person to be around!” - Aaliah Barrera Garcia, First-Year Mentee, Psychology
Second-Year Student Program
An opt-in program for sophomore students. Eligible students may sign up for a peer mentor and meet with them as needed throughout the duration of the semester. An end-of-semester completion survey regarding the program’s impact will be required.
- “We all need support, and I think this program nails it! Interning here, I was not only able to support my sophomore mentees, but I was able to get support from my peers as well! This program is essential to COLA students at any grade standing, and I love it!” - Angelina Daniels, Second-Year Peer Mentor, Psychology
- “I’ve been able to build confidence in myself, knowing that I can reach out for help when needed and not feel any sort of judgement or insecurity because my mentor was in the same position I was years before as well. It's great having someone backing you up and wanting to help you succeed.” - Alizia Valentin, Second-Year Mentee, Psychology
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Transfer Student Program
An opt-in program for first-year transfer students. Eligible students may sign up for a peer mentor with relevant transfer student experience and meet with them as needed throughout the duration of the semester. An end-of-semester completion survey regarding the program’s impact will be required.
- “I wish I was part of a program like this when I transferred to UNLV! It would have allowed me to get comfortable with UNLV faster and start participating more! I think transfer students should take part in this program to allow them to have someone help guide them when everything is new and overwhelming!” - Arely Colon, Transfer Student Peer Mentor, Anthropology
- “I gathered so much useful information and resources from my wonderful mentor Neli, such as scholarships available to me, grants, and how to organize my studies. It was a great and fulfilling experience and I am so grateful to have been a part of it.” - Merci Silva-Acosta, Transfer Student Mentee, Spanish
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COLA Connections Alumni to Student Mentoring Program
Created to aid current students in regards to their post-graduation plans. Eligible undergraduate students will be matched with an appropriate UNLV COLA Alumni volunteer or community member to discuss career goals, forward-thinking, and other post-graduation planning. Student mentees will meet with their assigned alumni mentors at least three times throughout the duration of the semester and will be required to submit an end-of-semester completion survey regarding the program’s impact.
- “I started participating as a mentor in the COLA connections mentoring program during the fall of 2020 and it has been a great opportunity for growth! The students I have had the privilege of meeting are incredibly driven students, it has been an honor to connect with them at this point of their lives. Mentors have played a huge role in my career and it feels incredible to give back in this capacity.” - Monica Garcia, Alum Mentor, BA Sociology & BA Environmental Studies, 2013
- “My mentor’s relationship-building activities and knowledge about professional development helped me become a better peer mentor myself, and I learned how to communicate effectively with those around me. This program connected me with wonderful people and gave me some useful skill sets that I can use no matter where I go after I graduate!” - Reyna Aniga, Second-Year Peer Mentor, Psychology
Sponsored by The College of Liberal Arts Alumni Chapter.
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