Peer Advisors are current LaGuardia students who strive to support their peers in designing and achieving their academic goals at LaGuardia, and beyond. Placed in the program or department of their major, they work one-on-one with students who have completed their first semester, using their own experiences as successful college students, to offer guidance in academic planning and navigating important college resources.If hired by the Peer Advisor Academy, successful candidates will attend training sessions in which they will develop valuable communication, professional and teamwork skills as well as strategies for helping students pursue their academic goals.Ideal candidates should possess: knowledge of the curricular requirements for their specific major and an understanding of key systems and digital resources, including CUNY First, Degree Audit, ePortfolio and the LaGuardia's website. Finally, prospective Peer Advisors should demonstrate good communication skills and demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. For information about faculty and staff responsibilities when working with a Peer Advisor, please review our Supervisor Responsibilities form.
Peer Advisors are required to commit to attending all of the scheduled professional development sessions. During these professional development days, Peer Advisors will learn (or brush up) on technology skills, including Degree Audit, CUNYfirst, and ePortfolio. Sessions will also include practicing effective communication strategies, utilizing LaGuardia's many advising resources, and working directly with faculty and staff to begin learning how advising teams function and what specific roles the peers will play in them. All new Peer Advisors must attend the scheduled training dates.
In addition to the professional development sessions, Peer Advisors are required to attend monthly debriefing meetings, dates to be announced. We encourage faculty and staff to identify and recruit promising candidates in their academic areas to work as Peer Advisors. Please share information about the program with potential Peer Advisors, encourage them to apply, assist them with the process if necessary, and (if asked) provide the required recommendation for them. To learn more about the qualifications and responsibilities of a Peer Advisor please click here for a complete description.