What is the Peer Leading Program?
Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals and be successful?
Research shows that peers can positively impact First-Year students. Working closely with new students both inside and outside the classroom, student-leaders can spur educational achievement and positively shape the interpersonal experiences of their campus colleagues.
What is the role of a Peer Leader?
The SLS's Peer Leading program places experienced sophomores, juniors and seniors into
First-year Seminars with faculty partners to help first-year students in their transition into
college. This program provides KSU student leaders—often nominated by a faculty member—an invaluable opportunity to serve students during their college transition while polishing their own leadership and coaching skills.
Peer Leaders serve to:
- Support student success by connecting peers with resources, opportunities, and events on campus
- Empower students to strategically plan and act on their short and long term goals
- Help students bridge the gap between curricular (in-class) and co-curricular (out-of-class) experiences for a more cohesive and meaningful education
What can I gain from being a Peer Leader?
As a result of serving as a Peer Leader, students will:
- Develop transferrable skills for their personal and professional future
- Enhance communication skills
- Collaborate and form positive relationships with students, staff and faculty
By joining the Peer Leading family, you can help First-Year students while connecting them with everything KSU has to offer. Make a difference in the life of your fellow Owls and become a positive role model both inside and outside the classroom.
Karen Boettler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Why was Peer Leading started?
Research tells us that the first year is a crucial time for college students and that
additional support is imperative for their retention and progression. Research also
demonstrates that peer groups have a tremendous impact on college students so the
Peer Leading program uses that influence to help students in their transition.
What are the requirements to be a Peer Leader?Peer Leaders must be KSU Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors in a good academic
standing with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must fill out an online application, have two
recommendations filled out on their behalf, and participate in group and individual
interviews. Once selected, students must successfully complete training before they
begin their work as a Peer Leader.
How do First-Year students benefit from a Peer Leader?First-Year students served by a Peer Leader have a fellow student who is an additional,
knowledgeable resource to help them start off their college career successfully. Peer
Leaders’ primary focus is to connect students to campus outside of class. They will
assist each student in setting goals and connecting with campus resources.
Are there costs associated with being a Peer Leader?There are no costs associated with being a Peer Leader.
Are Peer Leaders paid?Peer Leaders are not paid but they can earn volunteer credit hours for their service.
What are the time requirements?Required time commitments include an intensive retreat and training in May, virtual
training during the Summer and a refresher in Fall before classes start. Peer Leaders
should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week between class and other
responsibilities. There is one required group meeting per month as well as monthly one
on ones with the Program Manager.
How long does the Peer Leading program last?The commitment is a full CALENDAR year. After selection in mid-late Spring semester,
the role begins in May with a retreat and training. Virtual training and preparation
responsibilities will continue throughout the summer. Actual service with First-Year
students will continue through the Fall and Spring semesters.
How are the classroom assignments chosen?Our first preference is for a faculty member to identify a student they would like to be
their Peer Leader for the Fall semester and encourage them to apply. That candidate
will need to go through an application and interview process and if they are selected,
they are then paired up with the recommending professor. However, students do not
have to be recommended by a specific professor to be a Peer Leader. There are a
variety of factors considered--type of seminar the Peer Leader took, class and work
schedules, interests and personality.
Are there any trainings involved?Yes, there will be an intensive retreat and training in May, virtual training during the
Summer and a refresher in Fall before classes start.
What other responsibilities might a Peer Leader have outside of the classroom?One of the major responsibilities of Peer Leaders is conducting one-on-ones with their
students. In addition, Peer Leaders are expected to send their students weekly email
updates, following up with students after one-on-ones, attend Peer Leader trainings and
meetings, and meet with their faculty partner on a regular basis. Peer Leaders are also
expected to provide feedback and assistance in the improvement of the program and the
recruitment of new Peer Leaders.