• Multicultural Exchange

    Multicultural Exchange, within the Office of Campus Life at LaGuardia, consists of two peer mentoring programs:
    • Black Male Empowerment Cooperative (BMEC) is a project of the CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), whose mission is to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, in particular African, African-American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males.
    • CREAR Futuros (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) is an initiative of Hispanic Federation and CUNY that is specifically focused on actions that support college access, retention and graduation rates for Latino students in New York.

    Strong evidence has shown that peer-mentored students — who received social and academic support, encouragement and guidance with college choices — notably had more degree completions and professional career achievements when compared to non-mentored students.

    Now Hiring Peer Mentors

  • Multicultural Exchange - Peer Mentor

    Our Mentors

    • Confident guides, academic resources, coaches, role models and friends
    • Entrusted with facilitating the care, support and learning of new and continuing students
    • Knowledgeable about campus resources, policies and culture
    • Willing to share information, experiences and accomplishments in a non-competitive way
    • Open, understanding and approachable

  • Peer Mentors

    • Helping students adjust to the challenges of college
    • Assist first-year students with study skills, time management, organization, collaboration strategies, general academic competencies, and using online resources as needed
    • Connect students to on-campus resources such as: SGA Study Hall, Writing Center, Math Lab, Single Stop, Financial Aid, Wellness Center, Early Childhood Learning Center and more
    • Provide personal development through leadership training, events and volunteer opportunities
    • Help plan weekly meetings (BMEC) and workshops
    • Engage in weekly communication with mentees (phone, text, email)
    • Meet with mentees in-person once every two weeks to check-in
    • Complete surveys: bi-weekly (BMEC); monthly (CREAR)

    • Be current LaGuardia Community College student and have completed a minimum of 21 credits and two semesters with a GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Be a LaGuardia Community College student in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 — this is a one-year commitment
    • Be able to build constructive, positive relationships
    • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Possess the ability to effectively engage with peers, students, faculty and staff
    • Be able to demonstrate good judgment and ethical behavior
    • Have the desire to assist students in transitioning to college and to be persistent
    • Demonstrate organizational and time management skills
    • Be sensitive to individuals of different educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds
    • Maintain the required cumulative/semester GPA

    • Awareness of the peer mentor position: Do you have a good understanding of the position’s responsibilities?
    • Communication: Do you know when to speak up and when to listen?
    • Teamwork: Can you work to accomplish tasks within a group of team members?
    • Leadership and maturity: Do you take initiative? Are you a strong peer role model?
    • Critical thinking: Are you able to see issues from multiple perspectives?
    • Cultural competency: Are you encouraging and supportive of others’ cultures, identities and beliefs?
    • Time management: Can you appropriately prioritize and balance tasks and time restrictions?

    Please note that in order to accept a peer mentor position you must participate in multiple training days. You must also be able to work 10-15 hours per week.

    • All training days are mandatory!
    • Applicants must be available to attend a full-day, onsite training on Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    • BMEC Mentors (Training by CARA - College Access: Research & Action):
      • Summer Institute: Monday, August 12–Friday, August 16 (sessions from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily at the CUNY Graduate Center)
      • Fall 2019 training: one full day, date TBD
      • Spring 2020 training: three full days in January + one full day in April, dates TBD
      • Final Conference: one full day in May or June, date TBD
    • CREAR Mentors (Training by Hispanic Federation):
      • National training and off-site team building: Friday, August 16, 12–8 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, August 12, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
      • Monthly professional development sessions, September 2019–May 2020
    • Peer Mentors will work 10–15 hours per week beginning August 13, 2018.

    • Ongoing professional development opportunities, including conference/workshop attendance
    • Networking and mentoring opportunities with LaGuardia/CUNY faculty and administrative professionals
    • BMEC: an hourly wage of $15
    • CREAR: a monthly stipend of $722

    Pick up an application in Room M-114.

  • Meet our Team

  • Rachel_Romain

    Rachel Romain

    Student Life Manager

       Room M-115C

    Rachel Romain came to the Division of Student Affairs at LaGuardia in January 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from SUNY at Albany. She enjoys helping students, however they need, to help them succeed, stay in school and graduate.
  • Alvin_Pratt

    Alvin Pratt

    BMEC Program Assistant

    Alvin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts/Social Science and has been involved in mentoring young men and women most of his life. Al started his mentoring and coaching career more than twenty years ago and worked in many different areas, helping young people get their lives back on track and guiding them through the process. He has held careers within the juvenile justice and education fields and has also coached basketball. Through his love of people and passion for basketball, he has helped and continues to help people reach their goals academically and athletically.
  • Margi_Morales

    Margi Morales

    CREAR Program Assistant

    Born in Honduras and raised in Brooklyn, Margi is a LaGuardia Community College alum; she graduated in 2017 with an Associate of Science degree. She currently attends Hunter College in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in biology. Her goal is to attend medical school and become an oncologist. As the program assistant for CREAR Futuros, Margi works to help increase retention and graduation rates for Latino/Hispanic students.

  • Contact Us

    BMEC Office
       Room M-114

    9 a.m.–6 p.m.
    CREAR Futuros Office
       Room M-112

    Monday & Wednesday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.