CAFÉ

Spring, 2019

Have an idea for a workshop or speaker? Want to propose a session of your own? Feel free to reach out with any comments, questions, or feedback.

G Suite for Education

Tuesday, March 26
1:00 pm
Polk Hall 142

Wednesday, March 27
3:00 pm
Polk Hall 142

Participants will learn:

  • How to access and utilize a variety of Google Tools inside and outside of the College Classroom;
  • Ways Google Tools can help to easily bring more of the 21st century to your classroom; and,
  • How Google Tools can be used to provide a more interactive and engaging classroom experience to students.
Who Are Our Student Veterans?

Tuesday, April 16
2:00 pm
Location TBD

Wednesday, May 1
3:00 pm
Location TBD

Creating an Effective Peer Mentor Program: Recruitment, Selection & Training to Increase Persistence & Academic Success of Mentees

Tuesday, April 30
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Polk Hall 125

 

Effective peer mentor programs serve as an integral part of an institution’s ability to promote the improvement of academic success, persistence and successful graduation of students. Program development from recruitment, selection, training and retention are essential components to ensure a successful peer mentor program on your campus.

Limited resources and increasingly complex student demographics and issues require institutions to rely on peer mentors to enhance the support that faculty and staff already provide.  Peers are in a unique position to role model how to succeed both academically and socially and know how students actually navigate our colleges and universities. Peer mentors help to improve success for all students — particularly diverse and traditionally disadvantaged college populations by increasing their engagement, retention and graduation rates.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Communicate the value, benefit, and impact of effective peer mentor programs to students who need additional support — increase retention, academic success, engagement, and graduation rates across diverse student populations by reducing barriers to seeking help.
  • Identify key and practical program decisions you will make while designing a successful program — deepen your pool of peers seeking to help others, develop a matching process that increases student and mentor fit, and design a comprehensive training program for mentors.
  • Model the mentoring skills you want your team to employ beginning with your selection process — use behavioral interviewing and appreciative questioning techniques to find the best team and identify previously untapped student leaders.
  • Develop a training program that is grounded in a strengths-based approach and deepens peer helping skills — ensure mentors role model how to succeed both academically and socially so their mentees thrive on campus.
  • Motivate and support volunteer or paid peer mentors — understand how their needs differ and provide the encouragement, additional guidance, and critical knowledge they need to support other students and to grow themselves.
  • Assess the impact and the benefits of two frameworks for mentoring relationships — the GROW model & the Appreciative Education model — meet their individual needs, help them achieve their goals and transform their academic, personal and professional lives!