The SSM program will begin accepting applications from May 2nd – June 24th for the 2022-2023 academic year. Below, you can find a description of the Student Success Mentor (SSM) position, roles, responsibilities, and the requirements to become an SSM. Additionally, we encourage you to visit the SSM Application Tip site created by Student Success Mentors to learn about what makes for a successful application to the SSM Program.
The Student Success Mentor (SSM) program works with students in the First Year Seminar across nearly all majors and disciplines; including Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities, Liberal Arts: Math and Science, Natural Sciences, and Psychology majors. Since 2014, the SSM program has been committed to providing support to first year students adjusting to college life and getting to know the campus and resources. Since 2017, SSMs have also provided support to Studio Hours affiliated with select Capstone-level courses.
The Student Success Mentor provides a wide-range of support to students while facilitating the Studio Hour component of a discipline-specific First Year Seminar course or Capstone course. They introduce students to key strategies and habits of mind for academic success, initiate and guide ePortfolio development, promote co-curricular learning opportunities, and share important campus resources designed to support each student’s academic journey.
The First Year Seminar (FYS) is a graduation requirement that provides students with a gateway to the academic and co-curricular experience at LaGuardia. It will offer you a closer look at your chosen major and career plan, help you develop study skills key to success in college, and introduce you to the many resources available at LaGuardia. You can stop by the FYS lab in C-447 if you need assistance with your ePortfolio or with any other FYS assignment.
Are you a faculty member working with an SSM? Are you an FYS student working with an SSM in the Studio Hour? Here’s what you need to know about working with an SSM.
Director of First-Year Programming and Student Success Room: M-311B 718-482-5382 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator, Student Success Mentor Program Room: M-311A 718-799-7608 email@example.com
Professional Development and Communication Coordinator for CTL Student Success Programs Room: M-311 718-730-7563 firstname.lastname@example.org