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Peer Fellows Program

The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) Peer Fellows Program was established in 2010 as part of the Office of Student Affairs Students Helping Students Achievement Fellowship (OSA Fellowship). The goals of this program include promoting the retention and graduation of UH Mānoa students. The Peer Fellows Program’s aim is to serve a range of UH Mānoa students who are challenged by academic and personal barriers.

The Peer Fellows Program is a comprehensive yearlong (Fall and Spring semester) training and service program. We recruit a class of peer fellows who work as part of a collaborative team. Peer fellows will also have opportunities to develop more individualized projects promoting student mental health depending on their areas of personal interest. Students of all academic majors are encouraged to apply. The beginning of the fall semester focuses on training peer fellows on a wide variety of topics including the roles and responsibilities of peer fellows, confidentiality, maintaining boundaries, active listening, stress management, time management/organization, self-care, and campus resources. As the fall semester progresses, peer fellows take on a more active role in supporting the wellbeing and adjustment of UH Mānoa students.

Peer fellows engage in a variety of activities such as:  

  • Participating in a weekly supervision/training meeting with Co-Coordinators of Peer Fellows Program
  • Participating in programming and outreach, which may include:
      • Tabling at large-scale campus events to inform students about the availability of counseling services and topics such as healthy relationships
      • Developing and creating resources educating students on topics related to mental health such as maximizing happiness, increasing motivation, and coping with stress
      • Presenting on topics such as time management, organizational skills, self-care, and campus resources
  • Providing individual mentoring to assist students in accomplishing their personal goals (TBD)
    • Peer fellows are typically referred students who could benefit from additional support in areas such as:
      • Time management
      • Stress management
      • Self-care
      • Connecting with campus resources (e.g., the Learning Assistance Center, the Writing Center, the Women’s Center, LGBT Student Services, Student Recreation Services, and campus-affiliated clubs and events)
    • Note: Peer fellows DO NOT provide personal counseling services. Instead, they serve as an additional layer of support for their peers.

    Peer fellows will also complete professional development assignments and program evaluations through the Laulima learning community website for OSA Fellowship recipients.

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Eligibility Requirements:

    • UH Mānoa enrolled full-time student (12 or more credits)
    • Junior credits standing or higher (graduate students accepted)
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative (GPA must be UHM GPA; transfer students entering in the Fall 2020 semester may apply. If selected, appointment is contingent upon successful completion of Fall 2020 semester with 3.0 GPA or above)
    • Availability to work 10-12 hours/week during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

To Apply:

    • Go to https://sece.its.hawaii.edu/ and search for job number 244880
    • Application instructions can be found in job listing