Each of our Learning Communities is run by a team of Peer Mentors: a Senior Peer Mentor, a Peer Mentor and an Assistant Peer Mentor. Each mentorship team is also assigned a Faculty Advisor and a Staff Advisor from the academic program/college connected to the FLC. In the Humanities FLC, for example, the Staff Advisor is the Undergraduate Administrator from the Department of History and the Faculty Advisor is a Professor from the Department of History. The mentorship team is a strength of our program; it allows us to incorporate multiple and varying perspectives into our curriculum.
Senior Peer Mentors: are fourth-year students who have vast experience with peer mentorship. The Senior Peer Mentors design and facilitate training sessions during Peer Mentor Orientation. Throughout the year, they work with Peer Mentors and Assistant Peer Mentors to provide feedback, continue to build mentorship skills and to strengthen the learning occurring in sessions.
Peer Mentors: are third- or fourth-year students who take the lead in facilitating the learning sessions. The Peer Mentors are academically strong, and have successfully completed the core set of courses that their FLC students are enrolled-in. In addition, Peer Mentors have developed an understanding of the needs of first-year students and actively work to provide these students with information about on-campus resources, create an inclusive community and to help new students make a positive transition to U of T.
Assistant Peer Mentor: are second-year students who aid in facilitating the learning sessions. Having recently experienced the first-year themselves, Assistant Peer Mentors have a great understanding of your concerns and questions . They develop a rapport with students and give relevant advice and tips about how to navigate first-year and prepare for second-year.