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Peer Mentoring

The Student Accessibility Advocate program is AEO's peer mentoring program; it has been revived in order to best support first- and second-year students' transition into Vassar's campus community. Upperclassmen mentors will meet with their mentee's throughout the semester, building a strong relationship through guidance, encouragement, and problem-solving. The goal of mentoring is to develop personal, social, academic, and professional skills and awareness.  Although peer mentoring will take place within a school context (on Vassar's campus), the focus of mentoring is on building a relationship, not purely academics. This relationship allows for appropriate support and resources during times of struggle and success. Please contact aeo@vassar.edu with any questions.

Click here or scroll down to learn about becoming a mentor or read on to learn about becoming a mentee:

Benefits of being a Mentee

  •     Receive support and resources from a peer

  •     Have a ”go-to” person with whom you can discuss problems/concerns

  •     Intellectual growth

  •     Learn about the different academic accommodations available to you

  •     Receive guidance on aspects of academic life and culture

  •     Gain confidence in your ability to navigate campus: academically and socially

  •     Learn about supports and services through AEO and throughout campus

  •     Become familiar with people with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences

  •     Increase your academic and personal skillset

  •     Find new interests

  •     Develop a sense of community

If these benefits sound appealing to you, please sign up to be a mentee! You’ll be matched with a mentor and hear from us soon. Sign up to be a mentee below:

Become a Peer Mentor

Benefits of being a Mentor

  • Improve communication with others, including problem solving and collaboration

  • Enhance your personal and professional skills and awareness

  • Further develop your own study skills and academic interests

  • Increase your confidence and motivation

  • Employers value volunteering experiences in entry-level employees

  • Enhance your CV/resume

  • Increase your social circle

  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience

  • Benefit from a sense of fulfillment and personal growth

  • Build a campus community

  • Increase awareness of disability-related issues and concerns on Vassar’s campus

If these benefits sound appealing to you, please complete the Mentor application below. You’ll hear from us soon to schedule an interview! If you have any questions, please contact aeo@vassar.edu