Student peer mentoring programs
Mentoring programs at UM pair students with peers and professionals who can help you navigate the academic, personal and professional challenges of university and post-university life.
New Student Peer Mentoring Program
The New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) is for any new undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba. New Students in the NSPMP will be matched with a trained upper-year student who will help them with their transition into university.
New students and their mentors will have the opportunity to meet one-to-one on a regular basis throughout the academic year. New students will also attend monthly skill-building sessions geared towards first-year students and will have access to the program's Peer Helpers who will be available on a drop-in basis.
Peer Mentors and Peer Helpers will participate in an intensive initial training as well as monthly professional development meetings to learn and practice new skills related to their roles.
All students in the program are invited to attend monthly social events hosted by the NSPMP (and planned by the Peer Helpers!) where they can meet their peers and make new friends.
Applications for the New Student Peer Mentoring Program are closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. To receive notification about future applications, please email peermentor@umanitoba to be added to our mailing list.
Are you looking for peer mentoring but don't want the commitment of joining a program? Peer Helpers are trained students who are available to meet with any student from the U of M.
Land and Water Mentoring Program
This program brings together grade 10 students from R. B. Russell Vocational High School with undergraduate and graduate students from UM to learn about Indigenous cultures, social justice work and the university experience. Gain experience facilitating student land-based programming, such as lunch and learns, field trips and other excursions, and get support from your post-secondary team at our monthly meetings.
Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program
The Neechiwaken Peer Mentor Program matches new Indigenous University of Manitoba students, known as Neechiwaken, with experienced Indigenous students, known as Lead Neechiwaken, who act as mentors, providing academic and social support and ongoing advice. It is open to Indigenous students in any year of study.
The program provides members with social, academic and cultural development, peer-to-peer support, activities to support community building and personal growth and the opportunity to be a Neechiwaken, or friend, in the Cree language.
More mentoring opportunities
Whether you're brand new to the university, an experienced student or a recent graduate, finding a mentor can be a valuable experience.
Many departments and faculties have programs that can help you connect with a mentor for support. Check with your faculty or department to learn more.