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Peer Mentor Course

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) 350: “Peer Mentorship & Student Development”

Instructor:               Tanisha Jenkins, Director

Course Goals:
This course prepares students to apply leadership skills in specific roles on campus (as mentors to their peers in the college transition process) and in the university community (through the Multicultural Mentoring Program). The goal of this course and associated leadership activities is to facilitate student knowledge, development, and application of leadership skills in relation to others, including ethical sensitivity, perspective taking, and intercultural communication. Students will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the theory and practices of interpersonal leadership and the technical skills/knowledge needed to enable them successfully lead in their positions, including collaboration, common purpose, and conflict with civility, and professionalism within student leadership contexts.

The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate learning opportunities and experiences which will provide students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to serve as effective mentors to peers. This course will help students gain insight into the importance of the role of a mentor, and the significant impact the mentor role can have on the student experience. In addition, students will gain a greater understanding of themselves, their peers, and the University.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

      • Recognize, define, reflect on, explain, and apply to self and the collegiate positional setting (MMP) leadership concepts including leadership as a skill set (StrengthsQuest), behavior (Kouzes &Posner’s Student Learning Practices Inventory) and a process (Servant Leadership); understand and analyze the function and organization of leadership in groups.
      • Demonstrate the ability to integrate interpersonal curricular content, approaches, theories, and skills to build supportive relationships in the classroom and on campus to facilitate intercultural and multicultural competence in mentees.
      • Synthesize and apply leadership skills, behaviors, and process concepts into an initial personal framework of leadership values, style, and practice shaped by awareness of one’s skills and self as a leader in relation to others.
      • Acquire and demonstrate knowledge necessary to serve effectively in the role of peer mentor, including UT information, campus resources, college transition, and student support services.

Class Format
This seminar course is comprised of two credit hours— one leadership skills and practices seminar and one supervised applied leadership experience—of positional leadership practicum and directed leadership development activities. The course will be very interactive, reflective and participatory in nature. Students are expected to complete all readings, assignments and projects in a timely manner.

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