Honors Peer Mentors & Community Ambassadors

Roles and Expectations

There are now two pathways for peer mentorship: Peer Mentors and Honors Community Ambassadors

Peer mentors are students in the University Honors Program interested in helping incoming and current Honors students as they navigate their college experience by being available to answer questions. Any Honors student is eligible to be a Peer Mentor and anyone can have a Peer Mentor -- or more!

Peer Mentors play an important role in the Honors Program by sharing their experiences and helping students of all years and majors make decisions throughout their undergraduate careers. As an Honors Peer Mentor, you'll be contacted by prospective and current Honors students who have questions about the University experience as well as your experiences in the Honors Program. Common subjects peer mentors discuss include: choosing a major, minoring, double-majoring, suggestions for good classes, study abroad experiences, how to apply for scholarships/internships/jobs, etc.

Peer Mentors' short bios and contact information will be posted on the Honors website. This is a publicly listed page, and is meant to invite both prospective and current students to contact you.  It is up to you to decide how you wish to be contacted.  Options include being contacted via: phone, email, social media, or in person. While this is not a requirement, many peer mentors enjoy meeting prospective and current students for coffee or giving informal tours.
Students are expected and required to attend a training before their profile is listed and they become official Peer Mentors.  This training will help you solidify your professional skills and ensure that you know what your responsibilities as a Peer Mentor entail.  
 
After you attend the training, your profile will be listed on our website.  If a student contacts you, we expect you to respond within 3 business days, committing to provide your perspective and guidance.  If you receive a question you don’t know how to answer, the Honors Staff are here to help.  If you feel overwhelmed by the number of students contacting you or the questions you're receiving, you can opt out of mentoring at any time by contacting uwhonors@uw.edu, and we'll remove your contact information from the website.
Peer Mentoring can be a small commitment or a much larger one depending on your involvement and the number of students who choose to seek you out.

Who are Honors Community Ambassadors?

Honors Community Ambassadors (HCAs) are Peer Mentors that want to take this leadership opportunity to the next level by becoming a regular volunteer at large Honors events, organizer of small scale social events for other Honors students, and more! Any current or new Peer Mentors (including incoming students) are welcome to become an HCA. This is a brand new opportunity so help us build this program together!

What's Expected of Honors Community Ambassadors?

Honors Community Ambassadors are expected to fulfill all expectations of a Peer Mentor with additional commitment to supporting and creating community building initiatives. HCAs are expected to regularly attend and support the Honors program’s various events, create smaller, social programming for peers, and attend monthly meetings. HCA meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30pm and will be used to plan community building initiatives. HCAs will be leaders of the Honors community and as such, are expected to be a knowledgeable and positive representative of the Honors Program.

Where do I sign up?

If you have any questions about these opportunities, please feel free to contact the Honors Peer Mentoring coordinators, Carissa Mayer and Allison Stephens at cdmayer@uw.edu and ams723@uw.edu.

Autumn Peer Mentor training will be held Wednesday, October 11th at 5:30pm in MGH 206

The Autumn Honors Community Ambassador information session will be held Wednesday, October 11th at 6:00pm in MGH 206