Peer Mentors

What is a Summer Academy Peer Mentor?peers mentors at henry cowell

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.

Each Academy student is assigned two Peer Mentors who live on the same floor as their mentees for the duration of the program. If you are a Transfer Academy student living off-campus, not to worry, your Peer Mentor will reach out to you!

“Both of my Peer Mentors were very helpful and were really invested in helping us succeed in our classes. 
- 2016 Academy Student

As current UCSC students and leaders on campus, Peer Mentors share their expertise and advice with Academy 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 experiences for all mentees. 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.

transfer academy studentsSummer 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, and encourage participation and engagement in academic workshops. 

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