The information in this page will explain the purpose, benefits and access to the Peer Mentoring Program. It also shares information about counseling services and student health services at the MCSC.



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Peer Mentoring

Increase the academic, career, and social success of first year students of color, including first-generation college students, students with limited income, New Americans, and anyone else who wants to be a part of the MCSC community. The Peer Mentoring Program matches continuing undergraduate and graduate students with first year students. Benefits of participating in the Peer Mentoring Program:

  • Serve as Bridge-Builders 
  • Foster Academic Excellence
  • Provide Focused Workshops
  • Explore Vermont and the Local Community on Field Trips
  • Make Life-Long Friends

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Why Peer Mentoring?


Mentoring Definition


A helpful relationship between a younger and older individual.

Mentors Can Provide

  • Personalized Guidance & Friendship During Your First Year
  • Experience About How to Be Successful in College
  • Information About Resources

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?

Two people high-fiving.

Mentoring can be defined as a trusting and helpful relationship between an older and younger individual. The purpose of becoming a mentor in college is to create a trusting and helpful relationship, which will assist incoming students with the challenges associated with the first year of college. Peer Mentors take on the responsibility of assisting students' growth and development by providing academic and personal support. Mentors are also expected to be a role model and assist with setting goals for their mentee, both academically and personally.

As a Mentor, you will learn how to provide:

  • Personalized guidance and friendship during the first year of university life
  • An insight to your experience and knowledge as successful college students
  • Information about academic resources, social activities and social life at UVM
  • Introductions to Burlington and the local community resources

Let's Talk

Drop-in Conversations with a counselor from Counseling And Psychiatry Services (CAPS) at the MCSC

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Living and Learning E-106

  • 15-30 minute sessions
  • Person of Color (POC) identified counselors
  • You can discuss any issues in a POC affirming space

Mary Heininger: Monday 
Keith Smith: Tuesday (virtual)
Andrea Rodriguez Trochez: Wednesday

How Drop-in Counseling Works