Sharing Knowledge, Developing Networks, Building Community
The Peer Connections Program is designed to help new employees feel welcomed and excited about making the choice to work here. The program encourages engagement, development of networks, and the opportunity to learn about the university’s culture to provide the new employee tools to navigate, and be successful at, UNLV.
For the experienced employee, becoming a ‘Peer Guide’ provides an opportunity to recognize your expertise; share professional insight; enhance your network; and assist with the transition of new colleagues to ensure their success as well as that of our university.
The Peer Connections Program experience will differ based upon position type and location.
Administrative Faculty and Classified Staff
Maryland Campus – Peer Connections is a buddy program for office-based employees that encourages in-person conversations and regular communication over the 4-month program relationship period.
Shadow Lane and Paradise Campus Locations – Peer Connections is an E-Pal (pen-pal) buddy program for office-based employees that encourages regular communication over the 4-month program relationship period (in-person interaction is wonderful, if possible).
All new employees in their first year
Peer Connections is a resource to ask questions or inquire about an issue. A professional workplace friend will be glad to provide helpful suggestions and referrals.
Accelerate the time required for new staff to acclimate to the university
Allow experienced employees to gain new perspectives, develop new relationships, and grow professionally
Bolster campus engagement
Enhance the likelihood of retention
Improve the quality of services provided to the campus community
Provide an overview of campus culture and UNLV’s mission to newly hired members
Benefits of the Program
For New Hires
Cultivate skills that foster excellent performance, professionalism, and positive attitude
Develop a stronger understanding of university resources
Provide an opportunity for new hires to learn from an experienced and excelling peer at UNLV through one-on-one informal sessions, where an established peer may share information on their own career development and information about the university
Provide an opportunity to form new, collegial relationships and grow professionally
Provide networking opportunities to meet other peers and leaders at the university
For Peer Guides
Assist in sharing knowledge about professional competencies in higher education, organizational structure at UNLV, and resources for career development
Provide an opportunity to help identify, support, inspire, and develop new peers at the university
Provide an opportunity to develop new, collegial relationships