Peer Mentoring Program

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Peer Mentoring Program is designed to support first-year, underrepresented students in their transition to IWU by providing a student mentor who will provide support and guidance and programs and activities that will enhance students’ social and personal adjustment to Illinois Wesleyan University. IWU underrepresented students include students who identify as people of color, LGBTQIA (lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer/questioning/asexual/aromantic and transgender/gender non-conforming/intersex), first-generation college students, students with identify as having a disability and transfer students.


  • Provide assistance and direction to incoming first-year and transfer students
  • Introduce students to Illinois Wesleyan and Bloomington-Normal resources
  • Support and encourage students to maintain a good academic standing and participate in institutional activities
  • Encourage team building and leadership development among mentors
  • Identify and implement specific networking activities among peer mentors and mentees
  • Provide support and resources to help students adjust academically and socially to the campus community.

Program Benefits

Mentor – leadership development, enhanced awareness of campus and community resources and services, networking, personal satisfaction

Mentee – feeling of belonging, academic/personal/social resources and activities, positive campus experience, higher level of confidence

Mentor Qualifications and Expectations

Any current sophomore, junior or senior student may apply to serve as a peer mentor. The qualifications for participating as a mentor include:

(1) having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; (2) good interpersonal and communication skills; (3) previous leadership experience; (4) involvement in campus and/or community activities; (5) commitment to diversity and multiculturalism; and (6) knowledge of campus and community resources.

6) Serve as a mentor for the entire academic year.

Peer mentors are paired with mentees based on several criteria or factors, e.g., race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, academic major, religion, interests/hobbies, etc. The peer mentors play a vital role in assisting with the adjustment and success of new students to the campus community. Therefore, they have specific responsibilities and expectations.

The expectations include:

  • Attend an information session or meet with ODI staff to learn more about the program and expectations for mentors
  • Maintain weekly contact with mentees
  • Attend ODI Mentoring Program Meet and Greet
  • Attend ODI social gatherings with mentee (ex. First Friday at MC House)
  • Attend at least two (2) university-wide programs per semester with mentee
  • Maintain the minimum grade point average of 2.5

Mentors Apply Here

Mentee Expectations

ODI’s peer mentoring program is open to incoming first-year and transfer students from underrepresented populations (racial, ethnic and religious minorities, LGB TGNC students) to assist in effectively connecting them to the Illinois Wesleyan community. Once accepted into the program, new students (mentees) will be paired with continuing students (sophomores – seniors) as their peer mentors. Mentees will be matched with peer mentors based on several criteria and preferences, e.g., race, gender, religion, academic major, interests/hobbies, etc.


  • Expressed commitment to the program
  • Maintain weekly contact with peer mentors
  • Attend personal development workshops
  • Attend ODI social gatherings with mentor
  • Attend at least two university-wide programs per semester with mentor
  • Complete end-of-semester evaluations in the fall and spring

Mentees Apply Here