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Peer Leader Program

Peer Leaders provide students with a unique and enhanced classroom experience, which contributes to their preparedness for success.  Their first semester sets them up for persistence to graduation at Nova Southeastern University.

 
The mission of the Peer Leader Program is to provide first-year students with a peer support system their first semester at Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, the Peer Leader Program will provide continuing students (Peer Leaders) with an opportunity for leadership development and campus engagement.
 
*The application for the Fall 2021 Peer Leader Program opens on January 4, 2021*
  

A Peer Leader in the First-Year Experience (UNIV 1000) course, will serve as a helper, resource and role model. 

Peer Leaders will:

  • Build relationships with first-year students by encouraging campus engagement;
  • Offer peer-to-peer advice;
  • Provide guidance throughout the transition to college life;
  • Enhance classroom engagement by facilitating classroom activities and discussions;
  • Provide appropriate referrals to campus resources and be a model for successful academic practices; and
  • Maintain an active relationship with their assigned UNIV 1000 professor throughout the semester.

As a result of participating in the Peer Leader Program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective classroom collaboration with an instructor;
  • Implement techniques for discussion and facilitation in the classroom;
  • Develop interpersonal communication strategies;
  • Practice problem solving and conflict resolution;
  • Develop an understanding of the Experiential Education and Learning model;
  • Apply best practices of teaching and learning via the eight principles of experiential education; and
  • Implement effective time management strategies in order to meet the Peer Leader requirements.

Peer Leader will:

  • Attend all class sessions and model outstanding classroom behavior;
  • Facilitate classroom activities and discussion;
  • Assist students with ideas for class projects and assignments;
  • Empower students to participate in classroom discussions and activities;
  • Coordinate co-curricular activities for the class;
  • Refer students to appropriate resources on campus;
  • Provide student feedback to the instructor or Senior Peer Leader (SPL);
  • Debrief with the instructor about class in weekly meetings;
  • Inform students about events on campus weekly; and
  • Share effective academic success strategies with their assigned UNIV 1000 class.

Peers Leaders receive upon completion of all Peer Leader program requirements:

  • 2 ExEL units
  • $200 stipend (after Orientation)
  • $500 stipend (at the end of the Fall semester)
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