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.

Connections Corner

Program Goals

The Peer Connection Program hopes to:

  • 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

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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
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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