Peer Mentors

What is a Summer Academy Peer Mentor?peer mentor group

The goal of the Summer Academy Peer Mentor is to act as a role model and resource to Summer Academy students by supporting their transition to academic and campus life at UCSC. Summer Academy Peer Mentors are second, third, and fourth year UCSC students who are experienced student leaders on campus or are students who went through the Summer Academy program themselves!

Our Peer Mentors are passionate about working with new students and will be your go-to for any questions related to being a student at UCSC.

They made me feel more comfortable at UCSC, and gave me real and great advice."     
- 2016 Academy Student

Each International Academy student is assigned two Peer Mentors who live on the same floor as their mentees for the duration of the 6-week program. International Academy Peer Mentors are international students themselves, have experience working with international students, and/or are invested in helping with the transition of international students to university life in California.

As current UCSC students and leaders on campus, Peer Mentors share their expertise and advice with students on anything related to academics, UCSC resources, navigating the campus, college life, and the ins and outs of Santa Cruz. They help identify and address problematic issues and behavior, and provide support in those situations with the goal of creating an inclusive, safe, and positive living environment for all. As peers who have been through the transition to college at UCSC themselves, they are able to share their personal experiences and lend a helping hand to Academy students throughout the summer.

academy at the beachSummer Academy Peer Mentors also help to plan extracurricular activities and events for Academy students, see the 2016 Summer Academy calendar for a snapshot of what was planned last year. They join students on trips off-campus to downtown Santa Cruz, the boardwalk, San Francisco, on hikes and to the beach, organize fun weekly activities for mentees on their residence hall floors, and encourage participation and engagement in academic workshops.

Questions for the Summer Academy Peer Mentors?Contact summeracademy@ucsc.edu.