MMC 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 MMC
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. PLs play a pivotal role in welcoming new students to the College during Welcome Week at the beginning of each fall semester and Spring Orientation at the beginning of each spring semester. Additionally, PLs provide assistance to the LINK 101 courses in the fall semester and LINK 102 program during the spring. Check back for the 2021-2022 application in the spring!
Training and Staff Development
Peer Leaders attend an afternoon training program in preparation for the Griffin Days summer orientation sessions which will take place in June. This training will cover a wide variety of content in order 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.
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 welcome programs as well as the PLs role in assisting with first-year success programs. Welcome Week and Orientation takes place a week prior to the first week of classes.
2021 Fall Orientation Dates*
- Peer Leader Training: Wednesday, August 18 - Friday, August 20, 2021
- Welcome Week: Monday, August 23 - Sunday, August 29, 2021
* These dates subject to change