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Peer Mentorship


The Peer Leader Program at UOIT looks to foster a culture of inclusivity and support for students during their first year of university. This program strives to bring together student peers in a network of support, providing students with intentional mentorship and campus community engagement opportunities.


Students who register in the Peer Leader Program will:

  • Be connected with an upper-year student from their program or faculty
  • Receive on-going support from your Peer Leader from Orientation through to final exams
  • Connect with a Peer Leader to set personal and academic goals
  • Learn how to connect with the university community and enjoy recreational activities on campus
  • Discover the knowledge, skills, and strategies that will support a successful first year experience
  • Create meaningful connections with peers and the greater UOIT community



Peer Leaders are trained, upper-year UOIT students from a variety of faculties who specialize in providing support for incoming first-year students. Peer Leaders are paired with new students based on a set of demographic and values-based questions answered upon registration, which helps SEE to determine suitable matches among incoming and upper-year students. Peer Leaders will encourage mentees to be engaged, self-advocating learners; both inside and outside the classroom.

Peer Leaders will support first-year students by:

  • Answering general questions about the university and student life
  • Sharing their own experiences in their academic journey
  • Providing relevant referrals to services and resources available on campus
  • Meeting up in person to chat, hangout, or attend various campus events as a group
  • Offering encouragement and guidance throughout the first-year of university


  1. Incoming first-year students complete the brief Matching Survey.
    Once submitted, students will be matched with an upper-year student from the same program or faculty.
  2. Peer Leader will contact students through their email account to introduce themselves (August).
  3. At Ignite orientation students will be connected in-person with their matched Peer Leader (September).

*NOTE: Students who Register for Ignite Orientation will automatically be matched with a Peer Leader. Students planning to attend Ignite, do not need to  complete this form twice.

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