Peer helping involves students helping other students who
are less experienced and is based on the assumption that students often turn to
other students for advice, support and practical assistance when they
experience concerns, worries, or frustrations. Examples of peer helping include: peer tutors, peer mentors, and peer
ambassadors or career ambassadors etc.
The Peers Helping Peers (PHP) program supports peer helping
and activities across campus. Peer helpers receive training that equips them to recognize when other
students experience difficulties and to help them with personal and academic
struggles that may affect their success at university. Peer helpers engage with
and help other students in meaningful ways. Students can look to peer
helpers for assistance and referrals to the professional resources that can
help them with their concerns. Peer helpers create peer learning opportunities that
build skills or assist new students with their transition to a university environment. Examples of peer helping activities include
mentoring, organizing events, providing information, or academic support.
Peer helpers are trained to provide the following:
Each Peer Helper Program is listed below and list openings
as they become available within each program. Apply directly to your program of
choice when program applications are posted. You must be a current student at
Capilano University to become a Peer Helper.
Benefits to Peer Helping:
There are many benefits of becoming a peer helper:
Looking for more information about how to get involved in
peer helping, how to access peer helping program supports or if you want to
start a program yourself then please contact Remy Marlatt, Student Success Facilitator
for Student Engagement: email@example.com
Student Affairs hosted the first Peer Helper Program
appreciation event in Fall 2017. Many
different peer helpers from peer helper programs across campus came together
over food and activities and even participated in some impromptu dancing. This once
a semester event will be open to all peer helpers. If you are a peer helper and want to help with
the planning future events please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
To see photos from the Fall 2017 event click here.
Starting for Success is a yearlong transition program for first year students to CapU. All new students will be assigned groups based on their program and will be assigned a “Starting for Success” Peer Helper to lead and support them during their first year. As a Peer Helper, you will help Student Affairs staff and program faculty introduce incoming students to the opportunities, programs and services available at Capilano University Peer Helpers will meet with their assigned students twice a month to encourage participation and foster a sense of belonging contributing to their development and engagement with CapU.
Accessing Support: First year students will automatically be part of the program and will be matched with a Peer Helper during orientation. Contact: Remy Marlatt, email@example.comApplying: Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are open now and close May 24, 2018. Applications and more about the role can be found here.
Residence Advisors (RAs) live in the CapU Residence
community and are responsible for fostering a safe and engaging living and
learning environment for students in residence. Under the supervision of the
Residence Life Facilitator, Residence Advisors work as a team to support the
needs of residence students through programming, community building, peer
helping, and emergency response. Residence Advisors are a key part of the
residence community and are responsible for creating a safe and engaging living
and learning environment for all students who live in residence. Residence
Advisors work as a team to support the needs of residence students through
programming, community building, peer helping and emergency response.
Accessing Support: The Residence Advisor team
supports students living in residence. Each community in residence has a
designated Residence Advisor and access to the Residence Advisors on-call every
night during the academic year from 7:00 pm until 7:00 am.
Contact: Bailey Kew, Residence Life Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying: Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are open in
January each year. There will also be summer opportunities open in
The Portfolio Project Peer Mentors assist students and
faculty with the development of course- and program-based digital
portfolios. Peer mentors provide drop-in
support and lead in-class workshops. Our peer mentors are also project
ambassadors. Every active peer mentors has a well-developed portfolio
accessible on the university’s portfolio
site. All applicants must be experienced WordPress users with active
portfolio sites. Successful candidates must be available for a two-day training
session which will take place the week before the Fall term begins.
Accessing Support: Students and faculty access the
peer mentors in person during drop-in hours in the Writing Centre and in
workshops organized by instructors and programs across campus.
Contact: Aurelea Mahood (email@example.com)
Applying: Hiring closes May 18, 2018. More details can be found here.
CapUWorks (CUW) is a student led program that delivers
engaging campaigns and events to promote sustainability action and awareness on
campus. CUW student employees act as catalysts for change, promoting and embedding
a culture of conservation and consciousness to the Capilano community (on and
Accessing Support: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and
emails will be directed to peers. The best way is to get involved is to
volunteer and attend events!
Contact: email@example.com or
Bill Demopoulos firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying: Typically March/April for summer and fall positions,
November for January positions, when applicable and depending on funding.
The Indigenous Mentorship
Program is a peer mentorship program available to First Nations, Metis and
Inuit students at Capilano University. Senior students are matched with new
students to provide opportunities that aid in the transition of students so
that they adapt well to post-secondary life, succeed academically and persist
Accessing Support: Contact the Mentorship Coordination, Joel CardinalContact: Joel Cardinal, email@example.comApplying: May 1, 2018
The Capilano University Career Ambassador Team (CapCAT) consists of a group of volunteers who will be representatives of the Career Development Centre (CDC). CapCAT will advocate and promote the CDC and student professional development. CapCAT’s primary role is to help with career development and employer relations initiatives through outreach to students, alumni, employers, and campus organizations. CapCAT will go through extensive training with and report directly to the CDC staff members.
Accessing Support: Students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 604.984.4965 or drop by the CDC office at BR270 for more information.Contact: Danielle Dzioba email@example.comWebsite: http://www.capilanou.ca/career-development-centre/student-alumni/CapCAT-Career-Ambassador-Team/Applying: Ongoing
A limited number
of positions exist for strong English students with a minimum of 6
units of English work as peer tutors in the Writing Centre.
After training and shadowing an instructor for a while, peer tutors will be
able to work more independently helping students with writing various
Accessing Support: Tutors work during certain blocks in the open hours of the Writing Centre. Contact: Writing Centre Convener Applying: Peer
Tutors are nominated by English instructors, but individuals may contact
the Convener directly if they wish.
We are creating a dynamic, supportive, and inclusive community where students
can connect, learn, grow and lead. This program is an opportunity for students
to develop intercultural skills and experience cultural diversity first-hand. Connect with each other, faculty and staff on
campus and expand your social, professional and international network.
Learn first-hand about mentorship, new cultures, event planning, public
speaking, social media, event promotion, team coordination and teamwork.
Grow as an individual, community member, learner and future professional.
Lead a team of fellow mentors or lead an event or activity towards
supporting the transition of new international students to Capilano U.
Contact: Saveena Saran, International Student Engagement Facilitator & Itzel Chavez, International Student Engagement Officer
Accessing Support: If you’re new international student,
request to get matched with a current Capilano U student (Mentor) for
peer-to-peer support. Request a MentorWebsite: capilanou.ca/international-mentor/Applying: Now until June 9, 2018 Become a Mentor
Peer Support Coaches are returning student-athletes who
serve as mentors for their first-year teammates. They share past experiences
and pass along advice on how to succeed academically while balancing the
demands of being a student-athlete.
Accessing Support: All student-athletes are informed as to which of their teammates are Peer Support Coaches, and that they are available to meet and answer questions. This is supported by the coaches and the Department staff. For students who want to join a Capilano Blues varsity team, they should contact the head coach of the team they’re interested in playing for http://athletics.capilanou.ca/information/directory/indexContact: CJ Pentland, CapU Athletics & Recreation Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org & Alison Parry, CapU Learning Specialist – email@example.comApplying: August of each year
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.