MAPS Peer Mentorship Program

 

Program Operations During COVID19: The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program will be operating in line with the university's directive for the 2021-2022 academic year's delivery. Please see our full statement regarding program operations here

About the Program

MAPS stands for "Mentors: Academic and Personal Success

The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program provides mentorship experiences for all students at Mount Royal University in order to promote academic and personal success. 

  • Peer-to-Peer Mentorship: First-year and second-year students can apply to be matched with a more senior student in their academic program. Mentors and mentees meet approximately one hour per week between September-April. There are also community initiatives and professional development opportunities offered throughout the year. Due to high demand, applications are now closed for the 2021-2022 year. 
  • Group Mentorship: Various mentorship groups meet throughout the year based on interest. These drop-in sessions are facilitated by senior peer mentors and groups include LGBTQ2SIA+, BIPOC, EDI Advocates, and more.The purpose is to build community, receive guidance, and work towards common goals. All students at Mount Royal University are invited to join. Apply anytime throughout the 2021-2022 school year. 

NOTE: If you are an Indigenous student, you might also be interested in the BMO Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program. Contact Marija Small Legs (msmalllegs@mtroyal.ca) for more details. 

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Description of Roles

PEER MENTEES

Peer Mentees (first-year and second-year students in the program) will:

  • Connect with an experienced MRU student in their academic program
  • Develop strategies to successfully transition into university life (both academically and personally)
  • Understand the supports and services available for personal and academic success
  • Increase their sense of belonging within the MRU community 

PEER MENTORS

Peer Mentors (students in second-year or higher) in the program will:

  • Support new students transitioning into MRU through a mutually rewarding experience
  • Develop mentorship and leadership skills
  • Gain valuable leadership and community service experience to include on their resume and scholarship applications
  • Increase feelings of connectedness and belonging within the MRU community

SENIOR PEER MENTORS

Senior Peer Mentors (students who have at least one year of experience as a MAPS peer mentor) will:

  • Fulfill the primary MAPS Peer Mentor role
  • Act as a faculty representative, community advisor, or committee chair
  • Lead group mentoring sessions
  • Facilitate training, activities, and events
  • Host one-on-one and group check-ins with MAPS Peer Mentors

MAPS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

MAPS Committee Members (mentors or mentees in the program) will join one of the following:

  • Communications Committee (help brainstorm, design, and plan content for social media and the MAPS monthly newsletters)
  • Community Outreach Committee (help coordinate volunteer and service opportunities that allow for meaningful connections with the greater community)
  • Event Planning Committee (help plan social and educational events for the MAPS community)