Peer Leaders

A Kent State Peer Leader is an undergraduate student that assists with any or all of the Destination Kent State Programs, Kupita/Transiciones, EXCEL Living Learning Community, College of Arts and Science Peer Mentoring, and/or Transfer Kent State.

How to Become a Peer Leader

To become eligible to be a Kent State Peer Leader, undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Training Course offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Course and have completed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course. Students of any major are welcome. Students will select one section and register for US 20201 through Flashline.

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Course does not guarantee a position. Applications, interviews, and pairing process will occur during the semester.

What Options are Available to Kent State Peer Leaders?

Flashguide

Facilitate the Advising and Registration program which takes place in June and July. This program will consist of daytime and overnight responsibilities. Flashguides are responsible for welcoming and introducing students to the University. Flashguides will present programs that welcome parents and new students, escort students to and from programming, and facilitate icebreaker activities with students. Paid position infused with professional development.

Welcome Weekend Staff

Present and/or facilitate Welcome Weekend programming which will take place the weekend before school begins in the fall.

FYE Course Student Success Leader

Mentor an assigned group of students from the First-Year Experience Course. Assist with presenting information to the first-year students, facilitating classroom activities, and conducting one-on-one mentoring meetings. In some cases, the Student Success Leader will present topics to the first-year students in the class and/or serve as a teaching assistant. All Student Success Leaders assist with staffing Welcome Weekend events.

Apply to be a Student Success Leader

Kupita/Transiciones Leader or Guide

Help with facilitating move-in registration, daily programming and activities for first-year students. Mentor an assigned group of students designated by major and/or college.

EXCEL Mentor

Opportunity to mentor a group of first year Exploratory Students living in the EXCEL Living-Learning Community located in Lake Hall. Gain experience working in small groups, planning events, and facilitating group activities. Paid position with infused professional development.

Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador

Facilitate the Transfer Kent State: Orientation, Advising, and Registration that occurs on multiple dates during summer and winter sessions. Ambassadors are responsible for welcoming students and their guests to campus. They will escort students to advising appointments, various offices, and participate in interactive activities alongside incoming students.

Student Service Leader

Develop leadership skills as you engage in service to our community. As a Student Service Leader you are given the opportunity to lead service projects, Immersion Trips, and our Alternative Spring Break excursions.

Extended Opportunities
  • Facilitate a Common Reading book discussion during Welcome Weekend.
  • Volunteer for other Destination Kent State Programs and Initiatives throughout the year.
  • Further multi-tiered leadership opportunities.

Benefits

In some roles, students will earn a stipend

Acquire resumé credentials

Develop avenues for networking

Network with peers engaged in a common experience

Develop close working relationships with faculty and staff

Become part of the student leadership within the University

Impact future Kent State students

Expand and refine interpersonal skills

Develop self-discipline and responsibility

Develop friendships

Learn to work as a team member

Students Will Develop a Solid Foundation In:

Destination Kent State programs and Student Multicultural Center Programs;

Kent State University programs, resources, policies and procedures;

First-year student transition issues;

Characteristics of Kent State Students and diverse student populations,

Roles and responsibilities of student leaders;

Skills and techniques for effective communication, leadership,  professional ethics, and conflict resolution;

College success methods and strategies for first-year students;

Facilitation, presentation, and processing skills.

Kent State Peer Leader Training Course

The Peer Leader Training Course beings the week of January 17th, lasts 12 weeks, and concludes during the week of April 10th. Included are three mandatory Saturday Sessions:

Date Time
February 6th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
March 12th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
April 9th 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Spring 2016 Kent State Peer Leader Training Course

Sec Days Times
001  M&W 11:00am-11:50am
002 M&W 12:05pm-12:55pm
003  M&W 1:10pm-2:00pm
004 M&W 2:15pm-3:05pm
005 M&W  3:20pm-4:10pm
006 M&W 4:25pm-5:15pm
007 T&R 11:00am-11:50am
008 T&R 12:05pm-12:55pm
009 M&W 4:25pm - 5:15pm
010 M&W 5:30pm - 6:20pm

How to Register for the Peer Leader Training Course

To become eligible for a Peer Leader position, undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Peer Leader Training Course offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Course and have completed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course.
Students of all majors are welcome.

Students can register for 1 of 10 sections of US 20201 through Flashline when it is their designated time for class registration.

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Course does not guarantee a position. Applications, Interviews, and/or a pairing process will occur during the semester.

 

Contact Information

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