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Peer Mentor

In the Spring of 2017 the Department of Religious Studies established its Peer Mentor Program, in which high-achieving students recently enrolled in our lower-level Core courses were invited to assist students, in future classes, with note-taking skills and study/test strategies.

Not to be confused with the role of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Peer Mentors are undergraduate volunteers who offer practical advice based on their own successes in these classes, to assist other 100-level students to improve their own performance. This happens through scheduled one-on-one meetings as well as periodic workshops (such as a note-taking session offered early each semester).

Peer Mentors are nominated by the REL faculty who have taught them and work closely with the Professor offering the course to which they are assigned; appointed each seemster by the REL Peer Mentor Coordinator, Dr. Vaia Touna, Peer Mentors begin each semester with an orientation, meet regularly throughout the semester with their supervisor, and periodically meet with the Coordinator, to reflect on their experiences working with other students.

Being an REL major/minor is not required to be appointed to this program; Peer Mentors' main qualification is their having excelled in our Core classes.

In this initial, Spring 2017 semester, the Peer Mentor Program is limited to REL 100 and REL 102.


REL Peer Mentors
for Spring 2017

Students enrolled in classes covered by this program can email the appropriate Peer Mentors directly to request a meeting (in either the REL Library [Manly 200] or Gorgas Library) to discuss strategies for success in the course.

Click a name to email or meet them here.

Morgan Frick (REL 100.001)

Mary Isabella Garrison (REL 100.001)

Jasmine Bonner (REL 100.002)

Joy Pettaway (REL 100.002)

Samantha Warren (REL 100.002)

Melody Ashcraft (REL 102.001)

Ryan Richardson (REL 102.001)