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Student Peer Leaders

 A peer leader uses their positive attitude, exemplary academic work, interpersonal skills, and personal experience to assist first-year students in their transition to university life. Peer leaders pair up with an academic liaison and help educate students on topics including campus involvement, time management, critical thinking, campus resources, and more.

Peer leaders will facilitate cohorts of new students in the New Student Seminars on transitioning to college. This seminars will cover study skills, time management, organization, collaboration strategies, proactive advising, using technological and online resources, goal setting and career planning. The course will also serve as a companion to the Common Reader.


  • Oversee online and face to face meetings of the New Student Seminars
  • Read the Common Reader and facilitate class discussion
  • Review all materials for each week
  • Monitor online Q + A board
  • Help students by answering questions and acting as a resource
  • Develop positive relationships with students
  • Make appropriate referrals

Qualifications for position

  • Junior or Senior status; exceptional students with 45-59 credits will also be considered
  • A minimum of one full academic year completed at York College
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proficiency in using Blackboard, DegreeWorks, FACT$, and CUNYfirst as a student

Time Commitment

  • Semester basis
  • Mandatory one-day training session
  • Mandatory attendance and participation in the New Student Orientation
  • Attend Title IX and FERPA training
  • Approximately 7 hours per week during the semester
  • Monthly Peer Leader Meetings
  • Weekly email check-in with the Academic Liaison
  • Contact with Common Reader Coordinator as needed

What makes a good peer leader?

  • Communication: Do you know when to speak up and when to listen?
  • Team Work: Can you work to accomplish tasks within a group of team members?
  • Leadership & Maturity: Do you take initiative?  Are you a strong peer role model?
  • Critical Thinking: Are you able to see issues from multiple perspectives?
  • Cultural Competency: Are you encouraging and supportive toward others’ cultures, identities, and beliefs?
  • Time Management: Can you appropriately prioritize and balance tasks and time restrictions?


Peer leaders will earn a stipend of $1,000, as well as opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and networking.

This position is not open to International students.

Application Process

  • Complete online Peer Leaders Application by May 31, 2020.
  • Interview with the Academic Liaison
  • Attend mandatory training sessions and events.

Program Goals for Peer Leaders

  • To work with the Academic Liaison in connecting with first-year students and incoming transfer students
  • To provide new students with the skills and information they need in order to create a smooth transition to college life
  • Giving new undergraduate students the opportunity to meet with other students in their cohorts
  • Providing awareness of campus resources and connections to sponsored campus activities and events
  • To help new students feel an early sense of belonging at York College
  • To facilitate students’ developing a supportive environment.

Benefits of being a Peer Leader

  • Develop relationships with other peer leaders, faculty and staff
  • Boost leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Improve your communication and facilitation skills
  • Practice good time management
  • Improve your career profile-add experience to your resume
  • Gain a fulfilling experience

Peer Leader Training

Peer Leaders will work closely with their Academic Liaison. Peer Leaders will attend training workshops on Blackboard management. These training sessions will expand upon the Fall 2020 semester by focusing on the NSO program as well as the Peer Leaders’ role in assisting students in the New Student Seminar. New Student Orientation takes place a week prior to the start of classes and Peer Leaders play a vital role in the support and facilitation of the program activities.

 CLIC –  Peer Leaders

Fall 2018 Peer Leaders