Peer Mentorship Program

Individual and Community Connections to Make Your Transition Easier!

In PMP, incoming multicultural students are matched with returning multicultural students who are their mentors.

  • Gain guidance about academics, social life, on- and off-campus resources
  • Expand your community of friends
  • Take part in fun, informative, and free monthly on- and off-campus activities

"My mentor served as an excellent resource for academic and personal concerns. Whether it involved helping me choose my course load, or just chatting at a coffee shop, my mentor provided a supportive atmosphere, addressing questions that I entertained about the division process, extracurricular activities, and college life in general. The Peer Mentorship Program was constructive to say the least. Being able to have a peer mentor definitely made my transition into Hampshire much easier and most importantly allowed me to make a new friend."

Students can join the program at any time during their first year.

Program Description

Incoming multicultural students are matched with returning multicultural students. The program was developed in 2001 to assist with the retention of students of color and international students at Hampshire College.

Transitioning to life at Hampshire College can be confusing and challenging for many students. It is often hard to understand the divisional process and to access resources and support services. This can be particularly difficult for multicultural students who may be coming from a very different cultural context than the one here at Hampshire. Mentors provide incoming students with the informal support they may need to adjust to life at Hampshire and college, informing them about student groups; residential life; the divisional process; and the various services and resources available to students at Hampshire and in the surrounding community.

The Peer Mentorship Program is co-sponsored by the office for diversity and multicultural education.

Program Rewards

Mentor: Develop leadership and community building skills! PMP mentoring can fulfill your CEL-2 requirement.

Mentee: Develop sense of belonging and community, participate in academic and social activities on and off campus, increase knowledge of Five College resources, build connections with the Cultural Center, increase level of self-confidence, and have a positive college experience.

College: Increased positive student experience to help with student retention.

Responsibilities and Expectations of Mentors

  • Commit to being a peer mentor for one year.
  • Communicate with mentee throughout the summer.
  • Attend the fall semester PMP Meet and Greet.
  • Participate in one PMP group activity per month.
  • Comply with the College's community norms.
  • Maintain at least biweekly contact with mentee throughout the school year.
  • Serve as mentors to new students by demonstrating a personal interest in their adjustment to Hampshire while recognizing and accepting the new student's individuality.
  • Become familiar with new students' personal and academic interests as well as future educational and career goals.
  • Provide students with academic survival information to help them cope with common academic adjustment problems encountered by new students.
  • Serve as a leader and a role model for new students.
  • Complete an end-of-semester reflection and evaluation of both terms.

Responsibilities and Expectations of Mentees

  • Participate in PMP for the entire academic year.
  • Communicate with mentor throughout the summer.
  • Attend the fall semester PMP Meet and Greet.
  • Maintain at least biweekly contact with your mentor throughout the school year.
  • Be comfortable asking your mentor questions regarding academic, cultural, or social topics to obtain more information.
  • Attend and participate in the academic and social programs planned for the Peer Mentorship Program throughout the academic year.
  • Complete an end-of-semester reflection and evaluation of both terms.

If at anytime a student feels that his/her mentee-mentor relationship is having challenges, he or she should contact the Cultural Center staff:

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Multicultural & International Student Services
Mail Code SA
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002