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Peer Mentoring Program

Peer Mentoring Program is offered by the Office of Global Affairs.

What is Peer Mentoring Program?

  • The Peer Mentoring Program is an international online mentoring community.
  • Stony Brook University is one of many institutions to provide support for new international students through mentorship.
  • This program matches students with a trained alumni/current students mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations.

 

  • Mentors

    Program Information for Mentor Program    

    What is the International Student Peer Mentor Program?

    Peer Mentors are campus leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to diversity, recognize the contributions diversity brings to the work of the team, and dedicated to helping new international students have a good college experience. Peer mentors plays are a critical role in assisting new international student’s transition into the U.S. education system and Stony Brook University.

    Eligibility Requirements


    • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7.
    • Must complete at least 2 semesters at Stony Brook University. 
    • Must have a working knowledge of the services offered on campus and where to refer students for various queries.
    • Must be available to attend Peer Mentor training and meetings.
    • Must commit to the program for the full 2021-2022 academic year. 
    • Abide by a confidentiality agreement, maintaining confidentiality and respect for individual students' rights at all times.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Strong interpersonal skills, especially when communicating with people from different cultural background.
    • Strong desire to help new international students.
    • Self-motivation.

    General Expectations

      • Paired with at least 3 mentees, and must commit to the program for the full 2021-2022 academic year.
      • Must attend required training sessions.
      • Prompt response to all office communications (e.g., emails and Google Calendar invitations).
      • Available to communicate (phone, email, and/or in-person) with assigned new student mentees over summer 2021 and winter 2022, prior to their first semester, as well as throughout the remainder of the academic year.
      • If applied and selected as the Mentor Program Event Committee Member:        
        • Assist with preparation, face to face outreach, and facilitation of Peer Mentor Program Events (1 major event per semester).
        • Attend at least 3 major meetings in the semester regarding event planning with the Assistant Director. 

    Benefits of being a Peer Mentor

        • Hourly paid position.
        • Experience and development of the following core learning objectives and skillsets:
          • Cognitive Complexity: Critical Thinking, Reflective Thinking, Effective Reasoning, and CreativityExperience and development of the following core learning objectives and skillsets:
          • Interpersonal Competence: Develop Meaningful relationships, interdependence, collaboration, and effective leadership.
          • Practical Competence: Pursuing goals, communicating effectively, technical competence, managing personal affairs, demonstrating professionalism.
          • Intrapersonal Development.
        • Networking with University staff, mentors, and mentees.
          

    Apply to be a mentor

    The application and selection process for 2021 mentors is now closed

    If you are interested in the position. Please check back in Spring 2022 .

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Mentees


    What do mentors and mentees discuss?

    • How will my major impact my professional options?
    • How do I balance the demands of school, sleep, and socializing?
    • How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
    • How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?
    • How do I find jobs and internships as an international student?


    What are other Mentees saying about the experience?

    • " [My mentor] helped me answer the question of how to form strong relationships with my professors by giving me an actionable strategy to having strong purposeful visits to their office hours. "
    • " I'm really excited to have someone there for me. It's nice knowing that I'm not completely alone and hopefully I can someone I can reach out to if I'm having a hard time in school or other activities. "
    • " My mentor has been an amazing help in my life, he makes me realize and see things more clearly. Sometimes it's in front of your face but you can't see until someone puts into words for you. "

    How do I apply?    

    The application process for mentees is currently closed for New International students starting in the Spring 2021 semester. 

    If you are looking for the Fall 2021 semester, please use this link to Sign-Up for the Program!

  • Meet the 2021-2022 Mentors
      Lathania Bennett

      Lathania Bennett

      Language: English

      Major: Mathematics

      lathania.bennett@stonybrook.edu

      Lathania grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica (with beautiful beaches and LOTS of sunshine).  She loves to play the flute, dance and sing. She is a warm and welcoming person who likes to have fun and study harder.

      Minal Chawla

      Minal Chawla

      Language: Hindi and Punjabi

      Major: Health Science with a minor in Journalism

      minal.chawla@stonybrook.edu

      Minal loves playing badminton and binge-watching the legal drama Suits. She enjoys eating Indian and Mexican food (obsessed with Chipotle!). She also likes the summer season and sipping her favorite Taro bubble tea!

      Sarah Delamore

      Sarah Delamore

      Language: Spanish

      Major: Health Science

      sarah.delamore@stonybrook.edu

      Sarah is from the sweet island of Trinidad and Tobago. She loves nothing more than taking trips to the beach, hiking trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls and occasionally binging a riveting TV show. She is currently on the pre-med track with aspirations of becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon and finally seeing what its like to live a day in Meredith Grey's life. She wants her future mentees to know that no matter how tough, strange or challenging  things may seem right now, "You've got this! Your journey has just begun and your future is bright!"

      Lisa Fabien

      Lisa Fabien

      Language: Spanish

      Major: Psychology; Chemistry and Computer Science concentrations

      lisa.fabien@stonybrook.edu

      Lisa likes to ride her bike. In her spare time, she likes to learn new things (new programming language or the language of a country that she wants to visit). She also watches a lot of anime with her two brothers.

      Alexis O'Sullivan

      Alexis O'Sullivan

      Language: French

      Major: Higher Education Administration

      alexis.osullivan@stonybrook.edu

      Lexi loves to travel: she has spent semesters abroad in Australia and France! She enjoys spending her free time at the beach, swimming, and paddle-boarding. She is a big foodie, and she is always looking for new restaurants to try. When she is at home, she is most often found re-watching New Girl, scrolling through Tik Tok, reading, or playing with her dog.

      Haruka Oshikawa

      Haruka Oshikawa

      Language: Japanese

      Major: ISE/AMS

      haruka.oshikawa@stonybrook.edu

      Haruka is outgoing and enjoys spending time with friends. She likes traveling, trying new cuisines, and outdoor activities, like camping and skiing. She loves watching shows and movies, playing the piano, and cooking. Some of her favorite fast food places are Chipotle and Dunkin!

      Nayan Pasari

      Nayan Pasari

      Language: Hindi, Marathi, and Marwadi

      Major: Computer science

      nayan.pasari@stonybrook.edu

      Nayan plays the piano, paint, and dance. She truly believes to "Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never wanna do it any other way". She loves getting caught in a good book and golden retrievers!

      Sandhya Rapelli

      Sandhya Rapelli

      Language: Telugu

      Major: ISE/TSM

      sandhyarani.rapelli@stonybrook.edu

      Sandhya enjoys playing the ukulele and crocheting. She also loves watching dramas and horror movies. She enjoys baking, especially chocolate chip cookies and chocolate babka.

      Farzeen Siddiquee

      Farzeen Siddiquee

      Language: Bengali, Hindi, and Urdu

      Major: Psychology and Political Science

      farzeen.siddiquee@stonybrook.edu

      Farzeen is passionate about learning languages. She is currently learning Korean and Arabic. She also really like watching K-dramas, reading books, and she would love to learn how to cook!

      Kristine Theys

      Kristine Theys

      Language: French and Norwegian

      Major: Business Management; minor in Leadership Development

      kristine.theys@stonybrook.edu

      Kristine enjoys playing tennis, as she is part of the Stony Brook Women’s tennis team. During her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and do fun activities, like bowling. She also played the piano for 7 years. She has 3 dogs!

      Charos Usanova

      Charos Usanova

      Language: Uzbek and Russian

      Major: NursingMinor: Health, Medicine and Society

      charos.usanova@stonybrook.edu

      Charos loves astrology and personality tests. She loves baking, especially pineapple buns, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cake. She also likes reading fictional books (fantasy is her favorite genre) and watching romcoms.

      Ginger Wang

      Ginger Wang

      Language: Mandarin Chinese

      Major: Health Science; with a minor in Chemistry

      xinzhi.wang@stonybrook.edu

      After graduation, Ginger plans to attend nursing school and become a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner. She currently works at Near Me Dermatology as a medical assistant and at Stony Brook OBGYN as a medical scribe. Some of her interests are photography, strength training, and discovering new music on Spotify! 

      Yoon Yu Yu Ya

      Yoon Yu Yu Ya

      Language: Burmese and Korean

      Major: Business Management

      yoonyuyu.ya@stonybrook.edu

      Yoon enjoys slow songs, sentimental gifts, and deep talks at 2 AM! She also loves good movies, short-walks, oceans, blue skies, and sunsets. She is a detail-oriented person who secretly likes to be carefree sometimes. She will say ‘yes’ to food and silly stories every single time. Taking care of her friends and making sure everyone is involved is her specialty.

      Rakshitha Yelimineti

      Rakshitha Yelimineti

      Language: Hindi and Telugu

      Major: Psychology and Sociology

      rakshitha.yelimineti@stonybrook.edu

      Rakshitha enjoys reading, watching movies, and sleeping. Her favorite artist currently is Mitski. She has a tiny cactus named Luie. She hopes to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology one day.