Peer Mentors

What is a Summer Academy Peer Mentor?peer mentor group

Summer Academy Peer Mentors are role models, peer advisers, and will be your go-to for all questions related to being a student at UCSC. Here to support your transition to academic and campus life at UCSC, Peer Mentors are second, third, and fourth year UCSC students who are experienced student leaders on campus or are students who went through Summer Academy programs themselves! They are passionate about working with students and will be available all summer long to provide support and guidance to Academy students on anything related to academics, UCSC resources, navigating the campus, college life, and the ins and outs of Santa Cruz.

“All three of our Peer Mentors were always available and happy to talk to each student. They always had a positive attitude and professional demeanor when I had a question for them."     
- 2017 Academy Student

Peer Mentors will also uphold housing policies, help to identify and address problematic issues and behavior in the residence halls 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 can share their personal experiences and will be happy to lend a helping hand to mentees throughout the summer. Peer Mentors also plan events, activities, and workshops for Academy students - so join in on the fun this summer and get to know your Summer Academy Mentors.


Meet your 2018 Peer Mentors!

Dingyue Shi

Dingyue Shi [click here to read about Dingyue]

Hi, I'm Dingyue Shi, a rising sophomore at UCSC school majoring in Economics. I like to read, watch movies and make friends. I'm really happy to be an International Academy Peer Mentor this summer with you guys!


Eva Naveda

Eva Naveda [click here to read about Eva

Hello! My name is Eva, I am a fourth year majoring in Intensive Psychology. I’m currently a Crown College Peer Advisor and an International Mentorship Program Peer Mentor and am extremely excited to be a Peer Mentor for Summer Academy International. Can't wait to meet you all and create a wonderful summertime experience here at UCSC


Megan Spitzer

Megan Spitzer [click here to read about Megan]

Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I am one of your peer mentors for the International Academy. I've spent the last two years surrounded by international peers and am super excited to have y'all join our Santa Cruz family. If you love traveling, scuba diving, turtles, game nights, or marvel marathons, I'm your girl! Can't wait to meet y'all this summer.

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