ISS Peer Mentors — Fall 2016 Pilot Program
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is dedicated to the success of our international student population. New international students arriving for the first time might experience culture shock and homesickness. In response to these challenges, we are piloting a Peer Mentor program for the fall 2016 semester. Our goal is to create a sense of community among the incoming class and to alleviate any of the first semester challenges they may face.
Assist international students in navigating their first year at Brooklyn College and New York City by providing support and resources to increase their success and engagement with the campus community and alleviate initial isolation.
- Provide assistance and direction to incoming first-year, transfer, and graduate students.
- Increase awareness of on- and off-campus resources.
- Encourage team building and leadership development among mentors.
- Help the international students to become part of the Brooklyn College community.
- Support and encourage students to maintain a good academic standing.
Responsibilities of Peer Mentors
- Greet and welcome new international students, and provide information about workshops, social events, ISS, CUNY, and Brooklyn College services and resources through different social media channels and in person.
- Speak to small groups of international students about topics related to adjusting to life in New York.
- Contribute to the ISS, YouTube, and other social media with posts describing your personal experiences making the initial adjustment to New York and the United States.
- Share your experiences and suggestions with newly admitted and current international students through social media, video, online chats, and other forums.
- Perform other duties as assigned that relate to enhancing international student services at Brooklyn College.
- Those students who are selected to be an international peer mentor will complete a two-hour training session and then be required to participate in monthly Coffee Times throughout the academic year. The time commitment, including training, meetings, and regularly scheduled peer advising hours, will be approximately three to five hours per week, depending upon students' availability and the schedule of activities and/or events. ISS peer mentors must be available to attend the check-in and orientation program for new international students in August and January.
Qualifications to Be a Peer Mentor
- Current undergraduate or graduate full-time F-1 students
- Undergraduate students: GPA of at least 2.70 and 20 to 24 credits completed; graduate students: GPA of at least 3.20 and 12 to 18 credits completed
- In good standing with Brooklyn College (i.e., not on disciplinary probation)
- Knowledge of social media: Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc.
- Good working knowledge of different computer applications and programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Mac, Power Point, Excel, Photoshop, etc.)
How to Apply to Be a Peer Mentor
- Orientation is an important step for new international students. Whether you are new to the United States or to Brooklyn College, it is essential that you learn about campus resources and the available student support services. There is a college-wide orientation in August and January as well as an International Student Welcome Workshop. International students are strongly encouraged to attend both.
- The International Student Welcome Workshop is for all new international students and provides a personalized introduction to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and presents important information on staying in status, health and safety, culture shock, and maximizing campus resources to make the most of the Brooklyn College experience. The workshop is every August and January.
- One to World brings future leaders from around the world together with Americans — one to one — sharing similarities and appreciating differences to build cultural understanding across the globe. Through community visits, the Global Classroom program, and professional and community service opportunities, One to World is an effective way to learn about the United States, build your network, and share your culture with others.
- Student activities are an important part of the higher education experience. Brooklyn College offers enriching opportunities for you to engage in campus life, serve the community, and share new experiences. Build your network of friends and associates today.
- Coffee Time provides a time and space in your busy life to reflect and relax with fellow international students and ISS staff. Check the calendar for the next Coffee Time. We look forward to seeing you there.
- Meet and Greet is an event once a semester for all international students to come together and engage each other and meet informally with the ISS staff and special guests.
- International Student and Scholar Services Internship is open for all students. The ISS intern works closely with the director of international student and scholar services and assists with international programming and communications with the international student body. Students interested in international student services, student affairs, marketing, and communications should apply.
- The International Student Club is a great way to get involve in student life and to give a voice to the international students attending Brooklyn College. For more information on how to join, e-mail us.