Programs & Workshops
Peer Advising Program
SUNY CCC peer advisors are students who have completed one full academic year at SUNY CCC and work primarily with first-year and transfer students. Peer advisors help students pick classes and fields of study that suit their interests, provide information on academic policies and procedures, and make appropriate referrals to campus resources. They also provide advising based on their experiences as students at SUNY CCC. The purpose of the Peer Advisor Program is to provide support to new students through a personal peer connection. This increases the chances that new students will persist in college by learning to navigate the college system, attending classes and studying effectively, managing time and priorities effectively, and connecting with peers utilizing the same success strategies. Peer Advisors enhance their own chance of persisting in college by strengthening their ties with peers and by taking a leadership role in the program. Peer Advisors will be matched with one first-year or transfer student who have requested an advisor.
Benefits of Peer Advisor
Peer advisors advise students form their own their perspective when it comes to choosing classes, navigating college life, and utilizing campus resources. They share the lessons they have learned as a CCC student. Peer Advisors:
- Help new students transition to SUNY CCC
- Help advisee better undertand academic processes from a student point of view
- Teach and reinforce successful student skills (i.e. time management, study skills, etc.)
- Serve as referral source
- Offer a different but complementary point of view from staff or faculty advisor's perspectives
- Serve as role models, advocates, and cheerleaders
Students are required to meet at least once a week for 30 minutes with the assigned peer advisor during the fall and spring semester. Meetings can range from going on a hike, studying together, having lunch, video calls, etc. The advisee will make the initial contact with the advisor within one week of the assignment. The advisor and student will complete an evaluation form and meet with the Diversity Center coordinator once a month to discuss how the relationship is going.