Peer Mentoring Program

The MIPS Peer Mentoring Program provides incoming first year multicultural students with the academic and social support to succeed by pairing them with current multicultural upperclassmen.


This program is designed as a critical retention piece for students of color at St. Catherine University. It serves to create a community among students of color and to assist students academically, emotionally, and socially. Mentors connect students to a network of faculty, staff, and fellow students, as well as resources. In addition to working with students individually, each peer mentor is part of a team that works with each other, departments college-wide, and MIPS staff, to provide support in shaping a multicultural community. Mentors demonstrate, at the individual and group level, leadership attitudes and skills that affirm the unique backgrounds of individuals.  

Learn More About Being a Mentor

  • Commit to the Peer Mentoring Program
  • Provide a hospitable environment for first-year students of color through relationship building
  • Provide mentorship and support for mentees in areas of academic, social, and cultural development
  • Provide objective, person-centered feedback to first year students
  • Recognize, accept and demonstrate a personal interest in each student’s individuality
  • Demonstrate sensitivity for all cultures by working effectively with students of diverse backgrounds
  • Be an ambassador for the MIPS office by connecting and informing mentees of our programs and services and encouraging their engagement
  • Model professionalism, responsibility, and accountability

  • Attend MIPS and Peer Mentoring Program events, such as the annual MIPS fall leadership retreat
  • Communicate regularly with each assigned mentee
  • Contribute to the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere of the MIPS office
  • Attend bi-weekly mentor meetings and one on one meetings with Peer Mentoring Program coordinator
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Record and submit monthly online reports on mentees
  • Articulate issues concerning mentees to Peer Mentoring Program coordinator
  • Maintain confidentiality in working with mentee(s) 

  • Connect and contribute to your campus community
  • Develop leadership and mentoring skills
  • Empower others to succeed
  • Enjoy camaraderie with other peer mentors
  • Enrich your college experience
  • Experience the satisfaction that comes from serving others
  • Gain experience that looks good on a resume
  • Improve communication and people skills
  • Increase academic confidence
  • Learn to navigate the college system
  • Make new friends
  • Master key learning strategies
  • Network with faculty and students
  • Create and participate inservice-learning opportunities
  • Receive a scholarship or other form of compensation
  • Take responsibility for your own success

  • Must be enrolled for the full 2020-2021 academic year in the College for Women program
  • Able to attend bi-weekly mentor meetings
  • Exhibit the ability to lead, learn, and work effectively with a diverse group of mentors and mentees
  • Ability to be reliable, flexible, and responsible 

Apply to be a Mentor

The applications for new mentors will open in February 2020.

  • Submit a résumé
  • Fill out Peer Mentor Application
  • Complete the Peer Mentor Questionnaire
  • Have 2 completed recommendations submitted by a faculty member, staff member, mentor, or employer (Recommendations should be emailed directly from your recommender at  

Apply Via E-Mail (Paper Application)

  • Download and complete the Peer Mentor Application 2020-2021
  • Obtain two letters of recommendation.
  • Email your completed application to or drop it off at the MIPS office in CdC 280.