Become A Peer Mentor/Orientation Leader

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Who Are the SSC Student Staff?

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Student Success Center (SSC) student staff are a prestigious group of students who are called upon for their leadership and contributions to the life and culture of the University. We participate in a variety of campus activities, initiatives, and mentoring designed to enhance the experience of all new students, help achieve the University’s goals, and further promote its schools, colleges and other campus units.

The 2014-15 Peer Mentors and Orientation Leaders have been a dynamic group of individuals who helped welcome about 5,000 new students and their families to the UWM community. In the 2015-16 school year, a new group of student leaders will serve as part of the team. You could be a part of it!

Purpose

  • To better connect new students to UWM and other students during Orientation programs.
  • To provide positive mentoring to new students throughout the academic year.
  • To contribute a sense of UWM community, pride, spirit and tradition.
  • To provide student perspective and leadership in shaping UWM campus initiatives.
  • To represent the best of UWM at on and off-campus UWM sponsored activities and functions.

Overview

There are two main roles within the SSC Student Staff program:

  • Welcoming and acclimating new students to the campus during Orientation programs as an Orientation Leader.
  • Providing continuous mentoring and programming to engage all students during the academic year as a Peer Mentor.

During the summer at New Student Orientation, Orientation Leaders will lead small group discussions, assist students with the PAWS registration system, and help them find classroom locations. Orientation Leaders will also welcome the families of new students and inform them about student life at UWM. Through a variety of experiences and opportunities, Orientation Leaders have the power to make a positive and lasting difference in the UWM community and develop great leadership and résumé-building skills in the process. 

The other component to the program extend beyond the summer to the following academic year. Students who engage with the academic and social aspects of college are much more successful and satisfied with their college experience than those who do not.
An effective way to help students engage is through mentoring and supportive activities. UWM is committed to providing active mentoring to all of its students throughout their entire college experience. Peer Mentors are an integral part of student success at UWM. They work with an assigned group of students and the SSC staff to accomplish goals set by UWM which ultimately help build a better campus community. 

Job Descriptions

SSC Student Staff are individuals who possess a keen desire to contribute to campus and the University. If you are someone who wants to help shape the future of UWM, consider applying to join this select group of individuals!
The requirements to apply are:
  • You must be a full-time student
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
For the 2015-16 academic year, the following positions are available:

SUMMER

Orientation Leader: Orientation Leaders (OL) engage and welcome new students and their families at the New Student Orientation (NSO) and Transfer and Adult Student Orientation (TASO) programs during the summer months. As an OL, you will lead groups of new students through the program, give tours, implement evening social activities, and/or help students register for classes during any one of our Orientation Programs. Especially positive, enthusiastic, school spirited and motivated students are encouraged to apply.
*This position has a live-in component from late May until early August. Room and partial meals will be provided.*

ACADEMIC YEAR

Peer Mentor:  Peer Mentors will be charged with helping new students acclimate to campus or our returning students achieve greater success. As a Peer Mentor you will be focusing on connecting with these students via phone, email and face-to-face throughout the academic year and helping them adjust to campus life. Especially creative, adaptable, organized and dedicated students are encouraged to apply. Peer Mentors work with the following populations:

First Year Students

Transfer Students

Non-Traditional Students (Adult)

Veteran/Military Students


SSC Student Staff Application Form

To apply for a position, please complete the application and submit two recommendation forms (details are below). At the beginning of the spring semester you will be contacted about signing up for an interview. Please review the position descriptions before you apply and confirm that you are able to commit to the training dates and times during the spring and summer and to the other activities involved with the positions (exceptions will NOT be made).

The application is now closed.

To Apply, Click Here!


Spring Training (Required for all positions):

One 2-Hour Class for 6 weeks during the spring semester

Orientation Leader Required dates:
May 18 - 31 Training and Preparation

14 2-day NSO programs and 6 TASO programs throughout June, July and early August

Peer Mentor Required dates: 

August 17 - 21 Training
August 24 - September 4 Fall Welcome

If you have any questions or concerns about the commitment required, please contact the Student Success Center at 414-229-5385 or ssc@uwm.edu.
If you are interested in applying, but are also considering a summer internship or summer class, please complete the application and note your summer plans in the Other Comments section of the application.

Applicants must also submit two recommendation forms unless otherwise noted. Please see below for details.




Recommendation Form for 2014-2015 SSC Staff Applicants

Applicants must submit two recommendation forms unless you've been nominated for the position. The first form MUST be from an academic dean, professor, TA or Academic Advisor. The second form may be from a professional reference, academic dean, professor, TA or Academic Advisor.

NOTE: Undergraduate students, current students or family members are NOT acceptable references.

Click here to download a Recommendation Form

For off-campus references, applicants may hand deliver the form in a sealed and signed envelope or may provide their reference with a self-addressed stamped envelope address to:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Student Success Center
Attn: SSC Staff Selection
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI, 53201

UWM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

UWM Student Nomination Form

This form is for University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee faculty and staff use ONLY. By completing this form, the student noted below is being nominated for the Peer Mentor and/or OL position.

Students nominated by any one individual will be contacted about the jobs and encouraged to apply. These students will need one recommendation form to be completed by someone other than the individual that nominated them.

Nomination Form: Click Here