Educational Opportunity Program

Peer Mentoring

The Educational Opportunity Program seeks qualified individuals for the position of Peer Mentor for our incoming first year class.

Peer Mentors establish a helping relationship with their assigned first-year students. The objective of this relationship is to provide support for first-year students as they adjust to their college experience. Peer Mentors work in conjunction with their assigned EOP Advisors. Their role is to strongly encourage the first-year students to fully utilize the support services that the EOP provides. The primary focus of our department is to help foster student growth and development in and outside of the classroom. In doing so, we take a very active and direct role in dealing with our students in matters of academic, financial, personal, and career concerns. Peer Mentor's caseloads consist of approximately five-to-seven first-year students. Peer Mentors work approximately seven to 10 hours per week. The number of work hours depends on time spent with first year students outside of required meetings. Peer Mentors are encouraged to attend campus activities with their protégés at the Peer Mentor's discretion.

Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly meetings with the Peer Mentoring Program Counselor.
  • Bi-weekly meetings with first-year students.
  • Monthly contact with EOP Advisor and occasional participation in the Key Issues in the Education of Under-Represented Students course required of all first-year students (if schedule allows). The course is held Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Peer Mentors may be asked by the instructor to assist with one or two class sessions.
  • Peer Mentors attend at least one Open House.
  • Attendance with first-year protégés at various First-Year Student Initiatives, as well as other college functions concerning college adjustment issues, campus services, etc.
  • Precise documentation concerning hours worked.
  • Other duties assigned by the Peer Mentoring Program Counselors.


  • Must be a full-time matriculated student at the State University of New York at New Paltz for the spring semester previous to the appointment period.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the fall semester.
  • Good utilization of EOP services.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Good communication skills. Good interpersonal skills.



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