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New assistant director of Peer Mentoring hopes program ‘will make a difference’

Written by: Lauren Sawyer

College students succeed when they feel supported, and sense that they are not meeting difficult challenges alone. University of Houston- Clear Lake’s new Assistant Director of Peer Mentoring Jennifer Harris, who is implementing the university’s first Peer Mentoring program, said she wants students to become more confident in all aspects of university life. She hopes to help them build the leadership skills they need to succeed.

“We hope to build relationships and provide support that will make a difference in students’ lives,” Harris said. “This service will provide students a place to speak freely, gain new perspectives and strengthen skills needed in and outside of the classroom.”

Harris said that peer mentoring makes a difference by offering encouragement, and guidance in a welcoming environment for students.

“Students experience less stress and become more confident with communicating, collaboration and critical thinking,” she said.

Harris said the Peer Mentoring program is looking for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing to be peer mentors. Mentors must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They should also have patience and be good listeners. Training is a requirement for peer mentors.

If a student wants a mentor, they can visit the Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB) Room 3102. To be paired with a mentor, there is a short application to complete so that mentors can be matched with mentees.

Harris said peer mentoring plans to offer monthly activities that decrease stress and will help students become more motivated as they navigate college life.

For more information about peer mentoring at UHCL or to apply, visit the Student Success Center