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Chancellor's Associates Scholars: CASP Peer Mentorship Program

"The fundamental task of the mentor is a liberatory task. It is not to encourage the mentor’s goals and aspirations and dreams to be reproduced in the mentees, the students, but to give rise to the possibility that the students become the owners of their own history.” Educators, “[sic] have to transcend their merely instructive task and to assume the ethical posture of a mentor who truly believes in the total autonomy, freedom, and development of those he or she mentors." (Freire, 1960)

CASP Peer MentorsWhat is the CASP Peer Mentorship Program?

The CASP peer mentorship program is offered exclusively for Chancellors Associates Scholars and gives each student an opportunity to work with CASP Peer Leaders (CPLs) who serve as resources and support. CPLs work with a caseload of 8–12 CASP students in providing support and counseling related to academic, personal, and sociocultural issues affecting their college transition. The role of the CPL is to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community among entering students and to encourage student development and identity awareness through peer mentoring meetings.

Why Peer Mentorship?

Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that happens between a person who has already had, or lived through a particular experience (peer mentor), and a person who is new to that experience (the mentee). An example would be an experienced student being a peer mentor to a new student, the mentee. Peer mentoring provides individuals who are new to an experience (in our case, being a UCSD student), the chance to learn from those who have already had some experience going through the process (you, having had more time as a UCSD student). Peer mentors may challenge the mentee with new ideas, and encourage the mentee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable, or familiar with. Most peer mentors are selected for their sensibility, confidence, social skills and reliability. (Bozeman, 2007)

Peer mentoring in education was first promoted and introduced in the 1960s by educator and theorist Paulo Freire. CASP uses peer mentorship as an additional tool for success for students so that they may have access to an additional resource to aid them in their academic achievement, personal, and student development.

How Can I Get Involved?

Hiring for the 2016–2017 academic year has concluded. If you are interested in becoming a CPL in the future, please contact Karen Van Ness at kvanness@ucsd.edu.

2016–17 Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program Peer Leaders

Visit our Meet the Staff page to get to know more about our CPLs for the 2016–17 academic year.