Connecta Peer Mentorship Become a Connecta Mentor The Connecta Program provides welcoming mentorship opportunities to first semester international students by matching first semester students with an upper year mentor, who acts as a resource to answer questions, connects mentees with campus resources and services, and offers social support to ease students’ transition to Durham College. Students are matched based on their program of study, common interests or both. The goal of the program is to help new students feel welcome and supported while developing skills they will need to be successful at DC. The program aims to build confidence through meaningful connections between mentors and their mentee(s), encourage using campus resources/services, and contribute to a fulfilling college experience for all participants. How can Connecta help me? A Connecta mentor can assist with some or all of the following: Providing friendship during the transition to starting a program (remotely, during COVID challenges) Answering questions about Durham College Getting involved on campus Connecting with an experienced DC student in the same program Developing strategies to successfully transition into college life in Canada Understanding the supports and services available for personal and academic success Increasing new student’s sense of belonging within the DC community Connecta Benefits Serving with Connecta is a valuable experience that directly impacts the college community. By volunteering your time, enthusiasm and knowledge, you contribute to the success of first year international students by helping them achieve a sense of belonging at Durham College. Connecta peer mentors are also invited to participate in the International Volunteer Program (IVP) which offers opportunities to support International Education office events and activities across campus or virtually. This experience does not only benefit the mentee. Peer mentors also get the opportunity to meet new people, make meaningful connections, and learn about different cultures and backgrounds. COMMITMENT A Connecta peer mentor is required to attend an online training session prior to the beginning of the semester. Mentors are expected to meet at least once bi-weekly with their assigned mentee(s) for the first eight weeks of the semester, whether by email, phone, or social media. The mentor will fill out an evaluation form and meet with the program coordinator and the other mentors to debrief at the end of the eight weeks. We understand that life as a student with many responsibilities and priorities is busy and for that reason our mentorship program is flexible and provides mentors and their mentee(s) with an opportunity to determine their own schedule. We encourage mentors and mentees to use communication methods that best work with their needs and are agreed upon by both parties, from emails or phone calls, connections via text or social media, or perhaps meeting for a coffee. The way participants decide to interact is between mentor and mentee(s).