Become A Peer Mentor/Orientation Leader/Tour Guide

2013-OL-Staff_1

Who Are the UWM Campus Ambassadors?

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus Ambassadors (CAs) are a prestigious group of students who are called upon for their leadership and contributions to the life and culture of the University. CAs 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 2013-2014 Campus Ambassadors have been a dynamic group of individuals who helped welcome about 5,000 new students and their families to the UWM community. In the 2014-2015 school year, a new group of student leaders will serve as part of the Campus Ambassador team. You could be a part of the team!

Purpose

  • To better connect new students to UWM during Campus tours and 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 three main roles within the Campus Ambassador 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.
  • Engaging prospective students and families while sharing UWM Pride Points as a Tour Guide.

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 components to the Campus Ambassador 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. 

The Campus Ambassadors are crucial to the Department of Enrollment Management and provide the highest level of customer service to our students and UWM community. Housed within the Student Success Center and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, CAs are some of the most visible students on campus.

Job Descriptions

UWM Campus Ambassadors 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 2014-15 academic year, the Campus Ambassador role at UWM will encompass the following positions:

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 will have 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


YEAR ROUND

Tour Guide: Based out of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Tour Guides are responsible for giving tours to prospective students and their families throughout the year. Students with positive, outgoing attitudes and a passion for UWM are encouraged to apply.


Campus Ambassador Application Form

To apply for a Campus Ambassador (CA) 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 Campus Ambassador Program (exceptions will NOT be made).

The application is now closed.

To Apply, Click Here!


Campus Ambassador Spring Training (Required for all positions):

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

Orientation Leader Required dates:
May 21 - 31 Training and Preparation

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

Peer Mentor Required dates: 

August 18 - 22 Training
August 23 - 26 Fall Welcome preparation
August 27 - September 1 Fall Welcome Week

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.

ALL
applicants must also submit two recommendation forms. Please see below for details.




Recommendation Form for 2014-2015 Campus Ambassador Applicants

Applicants must submit two recommendation forms. 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 Campus Ambassadors 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: CA Selection
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI, 53201

UWM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Campus Ambassador 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 Campus Ambassador program.

Students nominated by any one individual will be contacted about the Campus Ambassador program 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