DMC Peer Mentoring Program

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Peer Mentors 2019

Purpose

The Dowdy Multicultural Center Peer Mentoring Program is dedicated to supporting WCU Students of Color (Asian American, Black/African American, Desi American, Latinx, Mixed heritage, Native American/Indigenous, Pacific Islander) through their first academic year. Students of Color will learn about campus resources, establish a support network that includes students, faculty, and staff, and create goals for holistic success with the guidance of established student leaders and DMC staff. Students will be matched with student leader after registering.

How it works?

Mentees will be matched with a mentor for the academic year after registering for the program. 
 
As a result of participating in the Peer Mentoring Program, mentees will be able to: 

  • Identify campus resources 
  • Identify individuals to serve as a support network 
  • Create goals related to their holistic wellness 

Mentees must commit to attending: 

  • 1 hour Mentoring meetings 2 times per month 
  • 1 Dowdy Multicultural Center sponsored event per month 
  • Programs, events, and personalized appointments hosted by campus resources led by students, staff, and faculty
  • Welcoming Induction event 
  • End of fall semester celebration 
  • End of year celebration 

History

Established in 1994, the Mentoring Program in the Multicultural Center was formed to help Students of Color persist and graduate from West Chester University. The program was implemented by Jerome (Skip) Hutson and Rochelle Peterson. At that time the Mentoring Program only consisted of two components: the mentees (first-year students) and volunteer, faculty/staff mentors. In 1996, Dr. Kendrick Mickens joined the staff and a third component was added, the peer mentor component. This addition provided a successful academic peer liaison and role model for the first-year participates, and has become integral to the success of the program.

Mentees Benefits

Mentors and program staff will guide you to:

  • Increase awareness of campus resources
  • Build a support network of students, staff, and faculty
  • Create goals for holistic wellness

Deadline to Enroll for Spring 2022:  Sunday, February 6

Peer Mentors Benefits

  • Opportunity to impact first year Students of Color.
  • Increase awareness of campus resources.
  • Serve as a resource.
  • Practice communication and time management skills.
  • Enhance leadership and coaching skills.

2020-2021 Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 8 | contact multicultural@wcupa.edu if interested

Apply HERE

Application Process

  1. Fill out the application below. Note: We recommend you type your answer on a separate document and paste your answers
  2. Upload resume and cover letter within the application. Interview may be requested.

Peer Mentor Description

The Peer Mentor position is a part of the Dowdy Multicultural Center team. The Peer Mentor plays a vital role in assisting the Multicultural Center in its efforts to positively impact first year and transfer Students of Color to matriculate at West Chester University.  Mentors will assist mentees in the following: 

  • Identify campus resources 
  • Identify individuals to serve as a support network 
  • Create goals related to their holistic wellness 
  • The commitment is a total of 11 volunteer hours per month.   

Mentor 11 Hour Voluntary Commitment

The following is the breakdown of the minimum commitment of 11 monthly volunteer hours:

  • Meet with 3 mentees for 2 hours each (6 hours)   
  • Attending programs hosted by the Peer Mentoring Program with mentees (1.5 hours)  
  • Monthly mentor meetings (1.5 hours)  
  • Group reflection meeting with other mentors (1 hour)   
  • Reading Mentoring Program emails and completing Mentor reports (1 hour)  
  • Additionally: Attend Peer Mentor Training dates 

Eligibility

  • Credits: Earned 24 credits or more by the time application is submitted.
  • GPA Requirements: Minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time that your application is submitted to the Dowdy Multicultural Center
  • GPA Minimum: Maintain a 2.5 per semester GPA. Failure to maintain the GPA requirements will result in probation or termination of the Peer Mentor position.
  • Academic Standing: Must be in good academic standing at WCU.
  • Leadership: Must have prior leadership experience and/or engaged in leadership activities on-campus/off-campus (community service, campus involvement, conference attendance, etc.). Student Conduct: Applicants who have any incomplete student conduct sanctions will not be considered.
  •  Hours: Must be available for 11 hours per month.
  • Attend Peer Mentor Training dates

Expectations

  • Commit to Fall and Spring semesters (one academic year).
  • Must maintain the minimum GPA and in good academic standing.
  • All reports and deadlines should be met in a timely manner.
  • Peer Mentors will be evaluated twice in the Fall semester and twice in the Spring semester to determine continued status.
  • Abide by all local, state, and federal laws, as well as all University rules and regulations

 

2021-2022 Peer Mentors - Coming Soon
2020-2021 Peer Mentors

Aaliyah Daviston

Aaliyah Daviston
she/her/hers
Year: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
Involvements: Criminal Justice Student Association, Desk Assistant, University Ambassador

 

 


Aaron Coleman

he/him/his
Year: Sophomore (Transfer)
Major: Communication
Involvements: Track and Field, Phi Beta Sigma, work for the Sports Department

Brianna Fernandex

Brianna Fernandez
she/her/hers
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Spanish and Youth Empowerment Studies
Involvements: Latino American Students Organization
Interests: Going to the movies, listening to music, dancing, traveling, and becoming more politically active

Brinette Hidalgo

Brinette Hidalgo
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major: Geoscience with earth systems concentration
Involvements: Student worker at the Instructional Media Center

Chrissy Anukam

Christabel or Chrissy Anukam
she/her/hers
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Involvements: Wahala African Dance Team

Comfort Essien

Comfort Essien
she/her/hers
Year: Senior
Major: Business Management Minor: Accounting
Involvements: Foreign Exchange

Dara Thomas

Dara Thomas
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major: Social Work
Involvements: Residence Hall Association, The Association of Black Social Worker, Island Vybz Dance Team, Precise Fashion Organization, Adopt-A-Block, City Team

Doris Swarn

Doris Swarn
she/her/hers
Year: 2nd year Graduate Student
Major: Public Health/ Healthcare Management
Involvements: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Public Health Young Leaders Association, USA Swimming

Eric Williams

Eric Williams
He/Him/His
Year: Senior (Transfer Student)
Major:  Psychology Major/Criminal Justice Minor
Involvements: Resident Assistant

Gabbi Hartz

Gabbi Hartz
she/her/hers
Year: First Year Graduate Student
Major:  M.S. Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
Involvements: OSSD on campus, Terrain Garden Cafe in Glen Mills

Grace Soldacki

Grace Soldacki
She/her/hers 
Year: Junior 
Major:  Anthropology 
Involvements: Swim Club, Anthropology Club, Phi Sigma Pi

Jailyn Thompson

Jailyn Thompson
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major: Business Management
Involvements: Sisters United

Jalyss Agosto

Jalyss Agosto
she/her/hers
Year: Sophomore
Major:  Criminal Justice
Past Involvements: Criminal Justice Club, Sigma Tau Omicron Club, Poise Beauty Club, Backstage For Dream Team, Back Stage for Precise, Latino American Student Organization, Mas Flow, Empower Communities Around You Organization, Chesco Search Team

Jena Shingler

Jena Shingler
she/her/hers
Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Involvements: Phi Alpha, The Abbé Society, YMCA Teacher Assistant, WCU Resource Pantry, & Orientation Leader for New Student Programs

Juli Vazquez Tanon

Juli Vazquez Tanon
Year: Senior (Transfer)
Major:  Public Health
Involvements: Career Ambassador at the Career Development Center, Member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Karrine Tucker

Karrine Tucker
she/her/ hers
Year: Sophomore
Major:  Pre-Occupational Therapy

Kayla Andrews

Kayla Andrews
She/her/hers
Year: Senior
Major: Marketing Minor: Entrepreneurship
Involvements: NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, American Marketing Association, Women in Business 

Kylah Roberts

Kylah Roberts
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major:  Communications 
Involvements: Board member of Women’s Empowerment, IMPACT member, Resident Assistant at a retirement home, Mentor at the YMCA

 

 

 

Latoya Noble
she/her/hers 
Year: 1st year Graduate Student 
Involvements: Keystone Honors Academy, Intern at the Office of Senator Vincent Hughes, Department of Agriculture , Interned with Iron Mountain 

Lauryn Gaston

Lauryn Gaston
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major:  Exercise Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy Minor in Psychology
Involvements: Multicultural Affairs Committee, DMC Programming Assistant

Maitiya Meadows

Maitiya Meadows
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major:  Public Health/ Minor: Psychology
Involvements: D.R.E.A.M Team, Sisters United

 

 

 

Margarete Davila Ortiz
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major:  Spanish Education with a minor in Psychology
Involvements: Schmidt Hall Resident Assistant

Marian Viveros

Marian Viveros
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Major: Cell and Molecular Biology, Pre-Medical, Psychology minor 
Involvements:  Latino American Students Organization, Mas Flow Dance Team, Pre-Medical club, Community Volunteers in Medicine, ESL Peer Mentor, Golden Rams Society, Padres Latinos

Nani Jones

Nani (Ananiya) Jones
she/her/hers
Year: Sophomore
Major:  Political Science
Involvements: Black Student Union, Orientation Leader

Nebuyou Elias

Nebiyou Elias
he/him/his
Year: Junior
Major: Actuarial Science and Statistics
Involvements: Orientation Leader, Sykes Union Advisory Board (SUAB), Brother or Phi Sigma Pi, Student Government Association Senator, Resident Assistant, Actuary Society

Nia Stevenson

Nia Stevenson
she/her/hers
Year: Junior
Involvements: Gospel Ministries, National Council of Negro Women, Residence Life, Academic Success Program

Okoteh Sackitey

Okoteh Sackitey
he/ him his/ Mr.  
Year: 2nd year Graduate Student
Major: Public Policy & Administration - With a Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration 
Involvements: High School Social Studies teacher for the West Chester Area School District. Basketball coach at Rustin High School.  

Precious Gbadegbe

Precious Gbadegbe
she/her/hers
Year: 3rd year
Major: Pre-Occupational Therapy 
Involvements: Army ROTC- Charlie Company, AFRISA (African Student Alliance), Exercise Science Club, Home Health Aid

Sasha Alvarado-Salaza

Sasha Alvarado-Salazar
she/her/hers
Year: Junior 
Major:  Political Science major with a minor in Spanish
Involvements: The Association for Women’s Empowerment, The Garage Community and Youth Center, Latino American Student Organization, Giant, Center for Women and Gender Equity- Peer Educator 

Summer Bladsoe

Summer Bladsoe
she/her/hers 
Year: 1st Year Graduate Student 
Major:  HEPSA 
Involvements: Undergrad: National Residence Hall Honorary, Latin American Association, Environmental Club, Black Student Union, Student Senate (SGA) 

Taylor Jacobs

Taylor Jacobs
she/her/hers 
Year: Senior 
Major: Exercise Science 
Involvements: Mas Flow dance team, Island vybz dance team, club undivided 

Tyquine Golden

Tyquine Golden
he/him/his
Year: Sophomore
Major: Cell & Molecular Biology Pre-Med
Involvements: Honors Student Association, Empower Communities Around You, Honors Program, Honors program recruiter for minorities, Community Builder for the Honors Program.

Yeseena Alli

Yeseena Alli
she/her/hers
Year: Senior 
Major: Chemistry-Biology
Involvements: Muslim Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association, Child Watch Attendant, Summer Camp Counselor, Emergency Department Volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital 


Lead Peer Mentors
Jessie Wilson
Tehuana Whaley
Yasiel Taveras

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