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Graduate Peer Mentoring Cohorts

The following has descriptions of each Graduate Peer Mentoring  cohort’s project. For more information about the Graduate Peer Mentors within each cohort, click the year-group heading.


The 2019-2020 academic year is in full swing, and your peer mentors are busy implementing programming across CHASS, CVM, and CALS.


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.


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.


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.