Peer Leader Training Course

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What is the Kent State Peer Leader Training Course?

This course is designed to train students interested in helping other students be successful at Kent State University.

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 UC 10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course. Students of any major are welcome. Students will select one section and register for UC 20201 through Flashline.

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


What Options are Available to Kent State Peer Leaders?


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 Crew

Present and/or facilitate KSU Kickoff programming which will take place over the course of four days, before classes begin 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 KSU Kickoff events.

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.

Resident Assistant

Become a resident assistant!

Application process opens September 28th and closes October 28th at 5pm. Virtual Interviews will be taking place the week of November 9th

Apply to be an RA here

Kupita/Transiciones Leader or Guide

Help with facilitating move-in registration, daily programming and activities for Kupita Transiciones 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.

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
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Develop a Solid Foundation in:

  • KSU resources, policies and procedures
  • Characteristics of Kent State students, diverse student populations and social justice issues
  • Roles and responsibilities of peer leaders
  • Skills and techniques for effective communication, leadership, professional ethics, conflict resolution and customer service
  • Success methods and strategies for college students
  • Facilitation and presentation skills and conducting reflection activities

How to Register for the Course

Students can select and register for a section of the Peer Leader Training Course in Flashline under the Course Number UC20201. Multiple sections are offered during Spring semester only. Students of all majors are welcome.

Contact Information


Tyler Verma, Coordinator