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Peer Fellowship Program

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

The Peer Fellowship Program is a comprehensive yearlong (Fall and Spring semester) training and service program. We recruit a class of five 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, record keeping, 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 discussion/training meeting with CSDC staff
  • Providing psychoeducational programming and outreach, including:
      • Tabling at large-scale campus events to inform students about the availability of counseling services and topics such as healthy relationships
      • Developing and creating posters educating students on topics related to mental health such as maximizing happiness, increasing motivation, and coping with stress
      • Participating in presentations on topics such as student mental health, recognizing and supporting students in distress, and time management
  • Developing outreach and/or programming for at-risk students such as first-generation college students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQ students
  • Collaborating with CSDC staff members on projects related to shared interest areas
  • Providing individual mentoring to assist students in accomplishing their personal goals
    • 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)
    • Of 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
    • At least junior standing - preference given to juniors and seniors over graduate students
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Availability to dedicate 10-12 hours/week during Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Compensation:

    • Gain valuable skills and experience by helping students in a professional setting
    • $2,500 per semester merit scholarship award applied to student accounts

To Apply:

    • The Peer Fellows Program application is now closed. Feel free to check back next year to apply for our 2018-2019 cohort!