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Graduate Peer Mentoring Cohorts

Twenty-one Graduate Peer Mentors (GPM) from the three participating colleges (CHASS, CVM, CALS) are participating in the 2021-2022 cohort. Peer mentors met for orientation and training in September and continue to work in their college-level groups to design and execute activities for their programs and departments. The GPMs also meet for training across colleges on six occasions during the year, with each college hosting two meetings.

The Graduate Peer Mentoring Collaborative successfully maintained a wide range of activities during this difficult year. Click on the report links for more information.

The 2018-2019 cohort achieved several goals. They used data from the 2017-2018 peer mentoring survey to assess peer mentoring needs on campus. They developed original material for several hour-long workshops held periodically on Main Campus and at the Vet School. The topics of the workshops include: stress management, time management, and mental health.

Further, this cohort developed the web presence for the Peer Mentor Collaborative by establishing a website (hosted by The Graduate School) and a Twitter account. The goal of establishing a web presence was to increase the visibility and accessibility of trained graduate peers.

The 2017-2018 Graduate Peer Mentoring Cohort included the following members:

  • Takiyah Ball
  • Danielle Mzyk
  • Chie Tamamoto-Mochizuki
  • Kate Albrecht
  • Jessica Romanet
  • Michael Geden
  • Laura Bray
  • Chen Chen
  • Sapna Varkney
  • Breanna Sheahan
  • Kawan J. Allen
  • Christine Brugh
  • Kendra Andrews
  • Pete Knepper
  • Trina Westerman
  • Katie Schinabeck

This cohort developed a 15-minute survey to assess the culture of peer mentoring that exists within their respective graduate departments and programs. The goal of the survey was to assess current support systems and identify additional mentoring needs.

The cohort has a full report with data collected on: respondent demographics, satisfaction with current support systems, perceptions about departmental peer mentoring, experiences both providing and receiving mentoring, agreement with various statements about mentorship and dynamics in departments/programs, and areas in which respondents were willing to give more peer mentoring.

The 2016-2017 Graduate Peer Mentoring Cohort included the following members:

  • Federico Scholcover
  • Cristiane Sommer Damasceno
  • Mary Clare Hano
  • Meredith Reed
  • Jennifer Lutz
  • Chaniqua D. Simpson
  • Abby Nance
  • Vincent Reitano
  • Sarah Soleim
  • Cheryl Dong

This cohort developed a one-day workshop with a focus on inclusive mentoring. The workshop explored peer mentoring through a lens of intersectionality, expanding on the framework from Eric Liu’s book, Guiding Lights: How to Mentor and Find Life’s Purpose. Attendees developed an early draft of a mentoring statement as an artifact of what they had learned.