Mentor Duties

The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide a connection for first-year, transfer, and select-program students (Promise Zone) in their transition to the OCC community.  PMP mentoring relationships are complemented by a series of skill building activities, social events and special opportunities to add balance and support to the first-year college student experience.

Qualifications of a Peer Mentor

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Pass a standard background security check
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Involvement in campus and/ or community activities
  • Commitment to diversity and multiculturalism
  • Knowledge of campus resources
  • Commit to being a peer mentor for one (1) semester
  • Mentor a minimum of 2 mentees (maximum of 3 mentees)

 

Expectations of a Peer Mentor

  • Maintaining the minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Attend the fall semester meet and greet
  • Attend campus (virtual and/or in-person) events with your mentees on a frequent basis (2-4)
  • Participate in monthly leadership training sessions
  • Maintain weekly contact with mentees and complete Activity Log (report electronically/D2L)
  • Be professional and appropriate in requests to mentor (i.e. not asking for a tutoring/relationships)
  • Comply with the College’s Student Code of Conduct
  • Mentor/ mentee relationships should remain platonic
  • Notify Dean/Associate Dean of SS of any issues during your time as a mentor
  • Provide feedback about your experience through pre- and post-surveys

What is NOT Expected as a Mentor

  • To have all the answers
  • To initiate all contact with their mentee

Benefits for the Mentor 

  • Stipend for the taking on this unique leadership role for one (1) semester.
  • Share knowledge of your education/career path, successes, failures, and what your experiences have taught you.
  • Cultivate a stronger connection with Oakland Community College and Student Services.
  • Network with other mentor/mentee/college administration/faculty.

Stipend

  •  $500 scholarship

Confidentiality

The mentoring relationship should be based on trust and honesty. Information shared within the context of the relationship should be handled with discretion, and confidentiality should be honored in most situations. However, for the well-being of all involved parties, including the College, confidentiality cannot be offered in the following situations:

  • The mentor/mentee talks about suicide.
  • The mentor/mentee discusses intentions to harm another person.
  • The mentor/mentee discusses an incident of sexual misconduct/harassment that occurred at the College.

If you or your student have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct/harassment, please provide them with information on how to contact the Title IX Coordinator:  

Donna Tuchowski
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 248.341.2026

If you or your student are in distress, please provide them with contact information for the Counseling Department at the appropriate campus.