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FAQ's: Peer Leaders

WHAT IS A PEER LEADER?
A Kent State Peer Leader is an undergraduate student that assists with any or all of the Destination Kent State Programs, Kuita/Transiciones, EXCEL Living Learning Community, and/or Transfer Kent State.

WHAT IS DESTINATION KENT STATE?
Destination Kent State is designed to assist students in transitioning successfully to KSU and build a foundation for long-term success. These programs help students make connections with Kent State, each other, their new environment, and focus on academic, personal, and social issues relevant to college life. 

Destination Kent State consists of: 

Advising and Registration:
Advising and Registration is an overnight, day and a half program that marks the formal beginning of the student's start at Kent State.  Sessions include academic advising, college meetings, introduction & tours of campus, town and services, flashcard ID, Fall class schedule, academic Success workshops, residence hall tours.

Welcome Weekend:
Welcome Weekend is a three-day orientation program for first-year students immediately preceding the beginning of fall classes.   During Welcome Weekend students will learn critical information that can be applied "just-in-time" for classes to start. In addition many social
activities are available where they can meet new friends and develop pride in being a Kent State student.

First Year Experience Course:
The one credit hour required course for all first-year students designed and delivered by the student's college.

WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO KENT STATE PEER LEADERS?

1.       Advising and Registration Flashguide
Facilitate the advising and registration program which takes place in June and July. This program will consist of daytime and overnight responsibilities. Flashguides are responsible for welcoming and introducing students to the University. Flashguides will present programs that welcome parents and new students, escort students to and from programming, and facilitate icebreaker activities with students.

2.       Welcome Weekend Staff
Present and/or facilitate Welcome Weekend programming which will take place the weekend before school begins in the fall

3.       FYE Course Student Success Leader
Mentor an assigned group of students from the First-Year Course. Help with getting information to the first-year students and facilitate classroom activities and/or one-on-one mentoring meetings. In some cases, the Student Success Leader will present topics to the first-year students in the class and/or serve as a teaching assistant. All Student Success Leaders assist with staffing Welcome Weekend events.

4.       Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor
Help with facilitating move-in registration, daily programming and activities for first-year students. Mentor an assigned group of students designated by major and/or college.

5.       EXCEL mentor
Opportunity to mentor a group of first year Exploratory students living in the EXCEL Living-Learning Community located in Lake Hall. Gain experience working in small groups, planning events and facilitating group activities. Paid position with infused leadership development

5.       Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador
Facilitate the transfer student orientation, advising and registration program which takes place April – August for fall admits and November through January for spring admits. Ambassadors are responsible for welcoming students and their guests, escorting them to advising appointments and various offices and participating in interactive activities with incoming students

7.        Other Opportunities:
-Facilitate a Common Reading book discussion during Welcome Weekend.
-Volunteer for other Destination Kent State Programs and Initiatives throughout the year.
- Further multi-tiered leadership opportunities.  

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF BEING A KENT STATE PEER LEADER?
″ In some roles, students will earn a stipend
″ Acquire resume credentials
″ Develop avenues for networking
″ Network with peers engaged in a common experience
″ Develop close working relationships with faculty and staff
″ Become part of the student leadership within the University
″ Impact future Kent State students
″ Expand and refine interpersonal skills
″ Learn how to motivate others
″ Develop self-discipline and responsibility
″ Develop friendships
″ Learn to work as a team member


WHAT IS THE KENT STATE PEER LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP?
The 30 hour, non-credit Peer Leader Training Workshop begins the week of January 13th, lasts twelve weeks, and concludes during the week of April 7th. Included are three mandatory Saturday sessions (TBD)

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE PEER LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP
To become eligible for a peer leader position, undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Peer Leader Training Workshop offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Workshop and have passed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course.  Students of any major are welcome.

  1. Go to http://yourtrainingresource.com/
  2. On the left hand side click “Login”
  3. You will then need to create a Student Profile. Click on “Create New Profile”
  4. Choose Create a Student Profile (single user) and click on “Create Profile”
  5. Fill in the required information and click “Submit”
  6. Once you have created a profile and are logged in, type Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop into the top right search bar and click “Go”
  7. Find the section (001-008) of the Training Workshop you want to register for and click “Add to Cart”
  8. Your Shopping Cart will pop up on the right hand side with the Seminar you chose listed. Click “Checkout”
  9. On the next screen, double check that the Training Workshop you have listed is the section that you want and then check the box “Agree to Refund Policy”
  10. Finally, click “Checkout” at the bottom of the page.

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Workshop does not guarantee selection as a Student Success Leader, Welcome Weekend Staff, Flashguide, Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor, EXCEL Mentor or Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador. Applications, Interviews, and/or a Pairing Process will occur during the semester.


HOW DO YOU BECOME A KENT STATE PEER LEADER?
To become eligible to be a Kent State Peer Leader undergraduate students must enroll in and successfully complete the Training Workshop offered in the spring semester. Students must be at least a second semester freshman at the start of the spring semester Training Workshop and have passed the US10097 Destination Kent State FYE Course.  Students of any major are welcome. Students will select and register for a section of the Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop via http://yourtrainingresource.com

The successful completion of the Peer Leader Training Workshop does not guarantee selection as a Student Success Leader, Welcome Weekend Staff, Flashguide, Kupita/Transiciones Peer Mentor, EXCEL Mentor or Transfer Kent State Student Ambassador. Applications, Interviews, and/or a Pairing Process will occur during the semester.


Spring 2014 Kent State Peer Leader Training Workshop       
Sec       Days                Times
001      M&W                 11:00am-11:50am
002      M&W                 12:05pm-12:55pm
003      M&W                 1:10pm-2:00pm
004      M&W                 2:15pm-3:05pm
005      M&W                 3:20pm-4:10pm
006      M&W                 4:25pm-5:15pm
007      T&R                  11:00am-11:50am
008      T&R                  12:05pm-12:55pm  

Students will develop a solid foundation in
″ Destination Kent State programs and Student Multicultural Center Programs;
″ Kent State University programs, resources, policies and procedures;
″ First-year student transition issues;
″ Characteristics of Kent State Students and diverse student populations,
″ Roles and responsibilities of student leaders;
″ Skills and techniques for effective communication, leadership,  professional ethics, and conflict resolution;
″ College success methods and strategies for first-year students;
″ Facilitation, presentation, and processing skills
 

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WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please feel free to email newatksu@kent.edu with any questions.