Through the ELP, peer mentors have the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on the lives of students new to the Binghamton University community. ELP Mentors are returning students who serve as role models and primary contacts for new students making their way through their first semester. ELP offers a hands-on way to put leadership into action, as the program focuses on providing an environment to learn about and practice distinct characteristics of leadership through theme-based Knowledge Communities (KCs). In addition to serving as a role model, ELP Mentors practice communication, utilize facilitation and problem-solving skills, obtain increased knowledge of campus and how to maximize use of resources, build self-awareness and an understanding of personal strengths, leadership skills, and more.
ELP Mentors work in a leadership team, alongside a co-mentor, a faculty and staff program advisor and thirteen new students. The KC teams provide a theme for participants and a lens from which to view and practice leadership.
- work with the new students from their KCs one-on-one and in small groups, including organizing and facilitating (in collaboration with their leadership team) team meetings and leadership topic-oriented discussions
- participate in and help to facilitate a new-student created KC team service learning project (organized and implemented by new student participants and culminating in a poster presentation at the end of the semester)
- attend scheduled ELP-wide programs throughout the fall semester, offered to all ELP participants.
ELP Mentors are enrolled in a 2-credit hour practicum, which includes a weekly 1.5 hour seminar class. The class meets from 3:30-5:00pm on Fridays, and all ELP Mentors must be able to attend this class time. The expected time commitment for the ELP Mentor position is approximately six hours per week, for the duration of the fall semester.
Applicants who move forward in the process will participate in a candidate interview (scheduled for late February/early March), and will be notified about the final selection process outcome starting on March 11, 2014. ELP Mentors are expected to attend both the ELP Team Leaders planning meeting and the ELP Mentors training program, which will take place in April and May.
Note: The fall '14 ELP Mentor application deadline has passed.
Contact Debora Clinton Callaghan, ELP Program Director, or Tyler Lenga, ELP Program Coordinator, with any questions.