Peer Leaders Applications

February 03, 2020

Marymount Manhattan College Peer Leaders (PLs) are student leaders who help new students become acclimated to MMC and the larger New York City community. Peer Leaders work with new students to provide them with a clear understanding of academic life and opportunities to become involved in the College community. The PLs are role models, advisors, friends, but most of all, they are peer mentors who care about the growth and development of incoming students. 

Becoming a Peer Leader at Marymount Manhattan College

Peer Leaders are chosen after an extensive application and selection process.  Selected leaders go through intensive training by College staff to gain the skills necessary to serve as a resource for students. Peer Leaders play a pivotal role in welcoming new students to the College during Welcome Week in August/September. Additionally, PLs assist with the New York City (NYC) seminars and MMC101 workshops during the fall semester. During the 2021 spring semester, PLs work one hour per week with their students outside of the classroom getting involved in opportunities on campus and exploring NYC.


Training and Staff Development

Spring Training

Peer Leaders attend a weekend training, at the end of April, in preparation for the Griffin Days summer orientation sessions which will take place in June. PL Training will cover a wide variety of content to prepare PLs to best serve as a guide and mentor to the incoming students. Training sessions are long and intensive, appropriately so as the PLs have the closest contact with new students and are often cited as the most impactful element of the entire orientation program.

 Griffin Days

Fall Training

Peer Leaders return to campus two weeks before the start of fall classes and will undergo additional training to prepare for Welcome Weeks orientation programs. These training sessions will expand upon the spring training by focusing on the welcomMMC welcomes new students to orientatione programs as well as the PLs role in assisting with first-year success programs. Fall Welcome Week orientation takes place a week before the start of classes and PLs play a vital role in the support and facilitation of the program.


2020 Fall Orientation Dates
  • PL Training - Tuesday, August 18, 2020, through Thursday, August 20, 2020  
  • Welcome Week - Monday, August 24, 2020, through Monday, August 31, 2020


Getting to know your peersOrientation Tie Dye Party


Peer Leader Expectations and Responsibilities


Fall Semester
  • Lead educational workshops for new students and facilitate small group sessions to process information received during Orientation and Welcome Week
  • Familiarize new students with available student and College services, activities, and resources
  • Facilitate trips around New York City during Welcome Week
  • Participate in a 3-hour per week NYC seminar or MMC101session during the fall semester
  • Lead one or more classroom sessions, as part of the MMC101 program
  • Attend and participate in Advisement Days and other activities during the fall and spring semesters
  • Actively engage in a variety of community-building activities on or off-campus
  • Attend monthly staff meetings*
  • Attend and participate in additional programming/events/activities as assigned

 NYC Seminar - section 6 takes the Bull by the Horns. November 2016

Winter Break
  • Staff and support the spring New/Transfer Orientation program


Spring Semester
  • Be prepared to participate in Welcome Back activities during the first week of the spring semester
  • Attend and participate in the annual Leadership Summit
  • Meet with members of your NYC seminar outside of the classroom at least once per month during the spring
  • Use emails/social media to engage your students at least once a week throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Work closely with your NYC Seminar instructor to facilitate both in-class and out-of-class curricular activities
  • Attend and participate in Advisement Days and other activities during the spring semesters
  • Facilitate, in conjunction with Career Services, CityEdge CareerLab Workshop for first-year students
  • Attend monthly staff meetings*
  • Attend and participate in additional programming/events/activities as assigned


Monthly PL Staff Meetings

PLs must attend monthly staff meetings, choosing one of two time slots each month: 1:00pm-2:00pm/5:20pm-6:00pm 

2016 Peer Leaders

Eligibility and Benefits


  • Must be a full-time matriculated student at Marymount Manhattan College for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout their term
  • Must maintain good academic and disciplinary standing (including in the Residence Halls)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with groups
  • Must not be a Resident Advisor or Alternate for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Must be registered full-time for fall 2020 by end of April 2020
  • A stipend of $1,000
  • Opportunity to form new friendships
  • Build leadership and communication skills and experiences to include on your resume
  • Extensive knowledge of the college resources and services
  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Free meals during Griffin Days, Welcome Week, and training
  • Assistance with early move-in if the applicant lives at 55th Street or Cooper Square


Karaoke with peer leaders and new students