SAW’s Peer Mentoring Program comprises 40-50 MHC students, hired and educated to work with their peers on speaking, arguing, and writing development. They are MHC sophomores, juniors, and seniors with majors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Arts. They are international students and domestic students. They speak English, Geechie, Mandarin, Newari, Spanish, Twi, Urdu, and more. They are selected to become SAW Peer Mentors on the basis of their interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills.
Some prospective SAW Peer Mentors are nominated by faculty members to apply and many seek to apply on their own. All submit an application, and finalists are invited for interviews. Those selected complete the Peer Mentoring: Theory and Practice course prior to beginning work.
A SAW Peer Mentor may work at the SAW Center in Williston Library or in the context of a particular course. Most take advantage of both opportunities at some point during their tenure with the program.
All SAW Peer Mentors also participate in hands-on workshops, theory-based seminars, and peer-led discussion groups. They learn, for example, about campus resources, discipline-specific writing conventions, and campus symposium guidelines. They discuss challenging questions including those about peer mentoring and free speech, world Englishes, sexuality, or anti-racism. They travel to conferences and write articles to share their ideas within and beyond MHC.