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Peer Education and Mentoring Programs @ Elon

D.E.E.P Impact

D.E.E.P. works to engage students, faculty, and staff in promoting and celebrating Elon's diversity. The organization, run by students with a fac/staff advisor, plans, organizes, and participates in many campus events, including signature Multicultural Center programs such as Tunnel of Oppression and Diversity Day.

SMART Peer Mentors

(Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent)

Established in 1994, the S.M.A.R.T. Mentoring Program offers a plethora of dynamic mentorship opportunities to first-year students of diverse populations. This unique mentoring program challenges students to think critically about their academic success, identity development, and leadership skills. Moreover, students are challenged to develop a personal strategic plan to support their curricular and co-curricular interests, including post-graduation. The Mentor- First year student relationship encourages students to recognize and develop their potential success during this transformative time in their lives. In addition to the support of an upper class mentor, first year students in this program are offered a significant opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a faculty/staff member. The goal of each co-curricular advisor is to help students become familiar with successful ways to maneuver the college atmosphere with ease while identifying success strategies to ensure their highest academic performance. First year students in this program move through an intentional curriculum designed to help students focus on Identity Development for the first semester and Career Development the second semester with a significant emphasis on academic success strategies threaded throughout the entire academic year.

SPARKS

SPARKS (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsiblity, Knowledge and Success) Peer Educators are a team of responsible student leaders who provide health-related programming and serve the Elon University community as health resources, in order to enhance the well being of their peers. Topics addressed by SPARKS include, but are not limited to: self-esteem/body image, alcohol education, sexual assault, sexual health, prescription drugs, and stress managment.  SPARKS Peer Educators invite students to think critically about these and other health issues by raising questions, facilitating discussion, and disseminating health information.  SPARKS Peer Educators develop a multitude of skills, such as: leadership, public speaking, goal setting, time management, team work, program planning and evaluation.  All of these skills prove useful in life and future careers.