Peer Leaders

What is a Peer Leader?

A Kent State Peer Leader is an undergraduate student that assists with any or all of the Destination Kent State Programs, Kupita/Transiciones, EXCEL Living Learning Community, and/or Transfer Kent State.

What is the Kent State Peer Leader Workshop?

Leader Training Workshop begins the week of January 13th, lasts twelve weeks, and concludes during the week of April 7th. Included are three mandatory Saturday sessions (TBD)

Workshops

Spring 2014 Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop

Sec Days  Times
001  M&W 11:00am-11:50am
002 M&W 12:05pm-12:55pm
003  M&W 1:10pm-2:00pm
004 M&W 2:15pm-3:05pm
005 M&W  3:20pm-4:10pm
006 M&W 4:25pm-5:15pm
007 T&R 11:00am-11:50am
008 T&R 12:05pm-12:55pm

How to Register for the Peer Leader Workshop

To become eligible for a peer leader position, undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Peer Leader Training Workshop offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Workshop and have passed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course.  Students of any major are welcomed and encouraged to join.

  1. Visit here
  2. On the left hand side click “Login”
  3. You will then need to create a Student Profile. Click on “Create New Profile”
  4. Choose Create a Student Profile (single user) and click on “Create Profile”
  5. Fill in the required information and click “Submit”
  6. Once you have created a profile and are logged in, type Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop into the top right search bar and click “Go”
  7. Find the section (001-008) of the Training Workshop you want to register for and click “Add to Cart”
  8. Your Shopping Cart will pop up on the right hand side with the Seminar you chose listed. Click “Checkout”
  9. On the next screen, double check that the Training Workshop you have listed is the section that you want and then check the box “Agree to Refund Policy”
  10. Finally, click “Checkout” at the bottom of the page.

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Workshop does not guarantee selection as a Student Success Leader, Welcome Weekend Staff, Flashguide, Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor, EXCEL Mentor or Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador. Applications, Interviews, and/or a Pairing Process will occur during the semester.

Peer Leaders

How Do You Become a Kent State Peer Leader?

To become eligible to be a Kent State Peer Leader undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Training Workshop offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Workshop and have passed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course.  Students of any major are welcome. Students will select and register for a section of the Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop.

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Workshop does not guarantee selection as a Student Success Leader, Welcome Weekend Staff, Flashguide, Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor, EXCEL Mentor or Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador. Applications, Interviews, and/or a Pairing Process will occur during the semester.

What Options are Available to Kent State Peer Leaders?


Advising and Registration Flashguide

Facilitate the advising and registration program which takes place in June and July. This program will consist of daytime and overnight responsibilities. Flashguides are responsible for welcoming and introducing students to the University. Flashguides will present programs that welcome parents and new students, escort students to and from programming, and facilitate icebreaker activities with students.


Welcome Weekend Staff

Present and/or facilitate Welcome Weekend programming which will take place the weekend before school begins in the fall.


FYE Course Student Success Leader

Mentor an assigned group of students from the First-Year Experience Course. Assist with presenting information to the first-year students, facilitating classroom activities, and conducting one-on-one mentoring meetings. In some cases, the Student Success Leader will present topics to the first-year students in the class and/or serve as a teaching assistant. All Student Success Leaders assist with staffing Welcome Weekend events.


Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor

Help with facilitating move-in registration, daily programming and activities for first-year students. Mentor an assigned group of students designated by major and/or college.


EXCEL Mentor

Opportunity to mentor a group of first year Exploratory Students living in the EXCEL Living-Learning Community located in Lake Hall. Gain experience working in small groups, planning events, and facilitating group activities. Paid position with infused professional development.


Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador

Facilitate the Transfer Kent State: Orientation, Advising, and Registration that occurs on multiple dates during summer and winter sessions. Ambassadors are responsible for welcoming students and their guests to campus. They will escort students to advising appointments, various offices, and participate in interactive activities alongside incoming students.


Extended Opportunities

  • Facilitate a Common Reading book discussion during Welcome Weekend.
  • Volunteer for other Destination Kent State Programs and Initiatives throughout the year.
  • Further multi-tiered leadership opportunities.

Benefits

  •   In some roles, students will earn a stipend
  •  Acquire resumé credentials
  •  Develop avenues for networking
  •  Network with peers engaged in a common experience
  •  Develop close working relationships with faculty and staff
  •  Become part of the student leadership within the University
  •  Impact future Kent State students
  •  Expand and refine interpersonal skills
  •  Develop self-discipline and responsibility
  •  Develop friendships
  • Learn to work as a team member

Students Will Develop a Solid Foundation in

  •  Destination Kent State programs and Student Multicultural Center Programs;
  •  Kent State University programs, resources, policies and procedures;
  •  First-year student transition issues;
  •  Characteristics of Kent State Students and diverse student populations,
  •  Roles and responsibilities of student leaders;
  •  Skills and techniques for effective communication, leadership,  professional ethics, and conflict resolution;
  •  College success methods and strategies for first-year students;
  •  Facilitation, presentation, and processing skills.

Contact Information

Please feel free to email newatksu@kent.edu with any questions.