Critical Resources for Training Peer Mentors

photos of students with disabilities and their peers in 4 settings: 1 on campus, 1 in a learning lab, 1 at a football game, 1 in a classroom

Known by a variety of different titles, such as peer support, academic coach, or social support, peer mentors provide a range of supports in and out of the college classroom. Peer mentors work closely with their peers with disabilities to provide academic support, social support and interaction, assistance navigating the community, help on the job, and more.

While most peer mentors come to this work motivated by things like a desire to support inclusive communities, better understand disabilities, and develop friendships, there are also some necessary skills. It is important for peer mentors to be organized and flexible, have good personal study and time management skills, and model positive characteristics of college students. To that end, we worked with a skilled peer mentor at Virginia Commonwealth University to develop a set of four videos for use in training peer mentors. They can be used all together or separately and are completely self-paced.

There is an accompanying webinar which describes the need for these videos, how they were developed, and how they can be used.

Also of interest: We have a Think College Learn professional development module on Educational Coaching & Mentoring. This is a self-paced, interactive module with helpful information on various aspects of mentoring including checklists, videos, and a self-check to conclude your experience.