Peer Mentor Spotlight

Alexis Howard-Orr

My experience in fullCIRCLE has been a great opportunity to get to know other mentors who I didn't know as well prior to training together. The best part is that fullCIRCLE is an environment where we get to see tomorrow's leaders develop from nervous first-years into dynamic pieces of the SU campus in a closer way than any other organization.

Alexis Howard-Orr
Sport Management (Finance minor) / David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program


Peer Mentors

Program Overview 

Peer mentors are upper-class students who work with one to two first-year and/or transfer students as a mentor, offering guidance, consistent support and serving as a positive role model—critical factors in the mentee’s retention and overall success at SU. Peer mentors encourage deep connections with students and skill development in the areas of networking and organizational collaboration. Peer mentors also provide support for academic success and intercultural exchange.

Peer Mentor Goals

  1. To provide academic resources and connections outside of the classroom
  2. To be a role model who shares personal success and growth opportunities
  3. To guide students through their acclamation to Syracuse University, as well as their personal identity and cultural journey

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  1. Attend training in August and periodic trainings through the semester (details on date/time will be provided at a later date)
  2. Make weekly contact with mentees through personal meetings, events, phone, email, social media, etc.
  3. Provide University resources to mentees, and connect them to people and offices that can support their individual needs


fullCIRCLE peer mentors should:

  • Maintain a GPA above a 2.5
  • Be willing to learn about  the mission and work of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Be familiar with campus resources
  • Care about the issues that affect students of color and marginalized communities
  • Work with students in intentional ways to be successful on campus
  • Actively participate in all events focused on the enrichment of all fullCIRCLE participants


fullCIRCLE is unable to provide monetary compensation to peer mentors for their time; however, peer mentors will be recognized for their efforts through banquets, dinners and public events. Limited funding will be available to peer mentors for engaging mentees in cultural opportunities.

Mentoring makes the difference; become a fullCIRCLE Peer Mentor and join the fullCIRCLE family!

How to Apply

Our recruitment process for peer mentors for the 2017-18 academic year has closed. The recruitment process for the 2018-19 academic year will begin in January 2018. Please visit our website again in January 2018 for application information. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email