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Peer Mentor - Engineering Residential Learning Community

Engineering Residential Learning Community  

Peer Mentor Position Description  



The goal of the Engineering Residential Learning Community (ERLC) is to assist students with the development of their professional Engineering identity by helping them establish relationships in community with other engineers, by supporting their academic and social development, as well as helping them to practice good citizenship within the ERLC and greater campus community.  


What is an ERLC Peer Mentor?  

An intentionally designed living-learning program developed to support and assist Engineering students with their transition to the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, as well as their overall transition to Colorado State University. The ERLC consists of students living in Academic Village – Engineering Hall.   


Peer Mentors serve as core figures in the ERLC community providing resources to help residents find support in their transition to CSU. They accomplish this through creating touch points with residents to learn how they are doing, what common trends in the hall are, and where they can aid residents based on the hall’s state of being. Other areas of support that Peer Mentors concretely provide are connecting students with campus resources, demonstrating positive academic habits, and encouraging students to connect with and get involved on campus. 


Overall, the Mentors’ purpose is to model high ethical standards and positive academic and social behaviors, and to act as a resource for students as they navigate their success as citizens and engineers at CSU and beyond.  


Peer Mentors assist students in the following areas: 

  • Establishing and maintaining positive daily routines and habits 
  • Avoiding procrastination and set goals and priorities 
  • Providing referrals to campus resources 
  • Developing time-management strategies 
  • Organizing and keeping track of class materials 
  • Taking and utilizing class notes more efficiently 
  • Increasing active reading and learning skills 
  • Enhancing study skills 
  • Developing test taking strategies and alleviating test anxiety 
  • Development of self-advocacy skills  
  • Development of connections with faculty and staff within the WSCOE  

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Establishing community amongst ERLC residents in partnership with ERLC staff and RA staff 
  • Building trust and community amongst residents through routine interactions such as: 1:1 conversations, hall dinners, casual game nights, etc.  
  • Providing resources to residents of the ERLC including but not limited to: Goal setting, tutoring options, mental health education, major exploration, mentorship 
  • Serve as a liaison between residents and campus resources  
  • Work with other Mentors and Graduate Academic Coaches (GAC) to plan and facilitate community programs   

Additional Expectations: 

  • Attend required trainings (Fall Training in August, Spring Training in January, and other required professional development events) 
  • Attend required meetings (floor meetings with RA, Mentor staff meetings) 
  • Attend monthly one-on-one meetings with the Academic Support Coordinator  
  • Support and attend additional Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering sponsored programs and events including: 
  • Move-In and Ram Welcome Week  
  • Meet & Greet events   
  • Visit Days   
  • Residential Learning Community Fairs   
  • Engineering Exploration Day   
  • Engineering Major Exploration Fair 
  • Maintain appropriate student confidentiality and refer/share student concerns with RAs and/or the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Staff as appropriate 

Required Qualifications:         

  • This position is open to all Colorado State University students who: 
  • are currently enrolled, full-time Engineering or Undeclared Engineering Interest students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA 
  • have attended Colorado State University for at least one academic year 
  • have a great work ethic and interest in learning and growing as a student and as a leader 
  • demonstrate high levels of self-awareness 
  • are able to demonstrate knowledge and a willingness to learn regarding diversity-related issues 
  • interact well with a wide variety of individuals and groups 
  • are willing to work 4-5 hours per week and commit for the entire academic year 
  • Required: Must be able to attend all-staff trainings August 7th – 9th and assist with Ram Welcome Activities the week of August 12th    

Preferred Qualifications:         

  • This position will strongly benefit from an applicant who:  
  • has experience living on campus and/or has experience living within the ERLC 
  • has a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above 
  • has previous leadership, event programming/planning, mentoring and/or tutoring experience 


  • Gain valuable leadership experience to build your professional resume 
  • Make a difference in the lives of others by assisting incoming students with their transition to CSU 
  • Opportunity to plan and implement academic and social programming that has a direct impact on your living community 
  • Multiple opportunities to network with Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering faculty and staff, as well as Residence Life Staff members 
  • Hourly wage of $15.00 


Please note that only Engineering majors should apply for this position due to the specific nature of the position and the population of students served within the ERLC. 


Hours: 5 per week 

Start date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024 

Hiring Process  

  • Submit a resume and letter of interest to Betty Sims (see contact information below) or submit an application on Handshake 
  • Interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates based on required and preferred qualifications for the position 
  • References may be requested at a later date 

Hiring Office Contact Information  

Betty Sims  

Academic Success Coordinator 

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering 

Phone: 970.491.1446 



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