The National Mentoring Symposium was held at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from October 18-20. Two Guttman Community College staff members and four Peer Mentors attended, where they led a workshop and peer mentor panel discussion. The conference was geared towards undergraduate and graduate students from around the country who serve as peer educators in various capacities as well as program staff and faculty. Attendees shared ideas and best practices for personal and professional development to strengthen their skills and increase their understanding of strategic methods to mentor students.
The Guttman conference contingent included Danny Ambrose, Associate Director of Mentoring & Student Success, Carlos Burgos, Peer Mentor Program Assistant, and the following Peer Mentors: Davon Agnew, Juan Pulla, Eve Johnson and Shomari Townsend. The Guttman team’s workshop, Strategies for Building a Multifaceted Peer Mentor Program, highlighted the college’s peer mentor program demographics, its varied ,mentoring roles and the distinctive features of the program. The presenters shared strategies on how to build a comprehensive peer mentor program to enhance the impact of classroom teaching and learning and to facilitate ongoing student and mentor leadership development. The session also explored how Guttman’s peer mentor program instills a sense of social responsibility through innovative student-driven projects and activities inside and outside the classroom.
“As the Associate Director, I couldn’t be prouder of the effort and enthusiasm put forth by the peer mentor delegates and by Carlos Burgos. Each participant approached the conference experience as a privilege and an opportunity to represent their peers and enhance their leadership skills on behalf of the Guttman community,” noted Danny Ambrose, Associate Director of Mentoring & Student Success.