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Become a peer mentor

Arts and social sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Welcome and Mentoring Programs run from Welcome Day, Monday 17 August 2020 until Week 8 of semester (the International Welcome and Mentoring Program runs until Week 12).

As a senior FASS student and Student Mentor, you’ll be matched with a small group of first-year students based on your field of study and major/s (where possible). You'll share your expertise, encouragement and advice with your mentees during Welcome Week and throughout the program.

Depending on your student status, you can get involved with one of the following programs:

  • Domestic Student Welcome and Mentoring Program
  • International Student Welcome and Mentoring Program
  • 25 years+ Student Welcome and Mentoring Program
  • Dalyell Student Welcome and Mentoring Program

Benefits of being a mentor

Joining the Welcome and Mentoring Program gives you the opportunity to:

  • receive practical training to build your leadership and problem-solving skills
  • empower other students studying in your field by sharing your insights and supporting them in their journey
  • develop graduate qualities (cultural competence, communication skills, leadership, interdisciplinary effectiveness) through valuable real-world experience with a variety of students and staff from across the faculty
  • build your network with senior student leaders, new commencing students, academics and professional staff in the faculty
  • gain access to ongoing professional skills development to prepare you for your future
  • learn more about yourself and have fun along the way.

Once you've completed your mentoring, you'll also receive a Completion of Program Certificate to add to your CV.

What’s involved

Becoming a Student Mentor requires you to commit to 15 hours of student engagement in addition to the completion of training modules. Semester 2 Welcome Day preparation and participation makes up 4 of the 15 mentoring hours required.

You will need to:

  1. participate in our Welcome Day for first-year students (held on Monday of Welcome Week), where you will meet the students you’re mentoring online and guide them through a day of interactive workshops, information sessions and social activities
  2. meet online with your Mentor Group at least once during Welcome Week
  3. keep in touch with your students until Week 8 of semester (Week 12 for International Mentors) through a combination of online catch-ups, emails, student workshops and drop-in sessions
  4. meet with the Student Affairs and Engagement Team to provide feedback and continue improving the program.

The Mentoring Coordinator and Student Affairs and Engagement Team are always available to support you throughout your mentoring experience. Email fass.studentaffairsandengagement@sydney.edu.au

Mentor Leadership Team

You can volunteer to be part of the Mentor Leadership Team and further build your leadership skills. Your help and input will also be recognised by a certificate presented at the end of the program acknowledging your additional contributions.

As a member of the Mentor Leadership Team, you will be involved in activities such as:

  • taking a lead role in the design, development and delivery of student-led mentoring initiatives for first-year students, such as Welcome Week events and drop-in sessions during semester.
  • participating in School and Faculty initiatives to develop the student voice and provide valuable feedback, for example joining weekly School Zoom sessions which engage Student Mentors and first-year students with academic staff.
  • communicating with and supporting student mentors as a senior student leader to further develop your leadership credentials.
  • representing the Faculty as a student ambassador, for example assisting at Open Day and Information Day events.

Information about the Mentor Leadership Team and the opportunity to sign up will be provided at the first mentor training session.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you have completed at least one semester of a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences degree.

How to register

You can find out more about the Mentoring Programs and how to register by emailing the Student Affairs and Engagement team at fass.studentaffairsandengagement@sydney.edu.au

Find out more

To find out more about the student mentor experience, including testimonials, videos and more information, visit our Information for Student Mentors Canvas page. You can also email us at fass.studentaffairsandengagement@sydney.edu.au

Student leadership awards

The Student Leadership Awards recognise outstanding leaders in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who have made a significant impact in our community through volunteering, student leadership and work-integrated learning programs. Students can be nominated by university staff or their peers across a variety of categories including Student Leader of the Year (Domestic and International), Student Partner of the Year, Student Mentor of the Year (Domestic, Dalyell, and International) and Outstanding Impact.

Last updated: 10 July 2020

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