Peer Leader Program
Peer Leaders are role models, advisors, and friends — but most of all, they are peer mentors who care about the growth and development of incoming students.
Who are the Peer Leaders?
The MMC Peer Leaders (PLs) are student leaders who help new students become acclimated to MMC and the larger New York City community. It’s the perfect opportunity for students to share their Marymount pride with our incoming students and their families.
Not only do PLs work with new students to provide them with a clear understanding of academic life and opportunities to become involved in the College community, but they also assist with the transition to Marymount Manhattan in all other aspects of a new student’s experience: academics, campus involvement, social engagement, navigating the city, etc.
Becoming a Peer Leader
The road to becoming a Peer Leader begins when applications become available at the start of the spring semester. After the application deadline passes mid-semester, all applicants will go through a group interview and selection process, designed to maximize the strengths of the Peer Leader team.
From there, the Peer Leader team is formed. Two weeks prior to the start of the following fall semester, PLs are invited back to campus to go through a three-day training led by College staff in order to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to serve as a resource to new students. Then, at the start of the fall semester, the PLs will help lead programs and events during Welcome Week, designed to introduce new students to campus and the surrounding city. Each Peer Leader is assigned their own cohort of first-year students based on the PL’s and their students’ intended major(s).
After Welcome Week concludes, the PL’s role isn’t finished. They also play a major role in our new student seminar, serving as a peer touchpoint throughout the fall and spring semesters to help keep their cohort of students on track and to encourage engagement in student life on campus.
The application and selection process for the 2021 - 2022 Peer Leader team has already concluded. Please check back in the spring semester for applications for the 2022 - 2023 team.
Welcome Week and Orientation
For the Fall 2021 semester, Peer Leader training will be Wednesday, August 18 - Friday, August 20. Welcome Week will be Monday, August 23 - Friday, August 27 with a few excursions and events happening throughout the following weekend.
Classes begin the following week on Monday, August 30.