First-Year Peer Mentoring

Meet our 2022-2023 RAMP Mentors!

 

RAMP Mentors

 

Mentors are responsible for fostering an environment of peer academic support and encouragement for all new first year students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Through extensive support and mentor education, mentors will acquire/refine the skills and capacity necessary to manage a group of “mentees” of approximately 30-35 students. Mentors assist these students in transitioning to college through regular 1:1 meetings as well as small group meetings and even through offering drop-in hours. Mentors are supportive, approachable, and act as positive “real” models throughout the academic year, ultimately enriching the college experience for first year students. Mentors work closely with students, faculty and staff associated with the Cal Poly Humboldt Learning Communities (see below). We also imagine First Year and College Based Mentors working closely to bridge first year students into their second year and the continuing support offered through College Based Mentoring.

First Year Mentors work closely with students, faculty and staff associated with the Cal Poly Humboldt programs and Learning Communities:

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    Mentors work with students admitted through EOP and will work closely with EOP Advisors to offer support and guidance. 

  • Place-Based Learning Communities – STEM
    Mentors  work with students enrolled in any of the Place-Based Learning Communities (PBLC) listed below, and will work the 3-day Humboldt Immersion programs associated with each PBLC. There are six Place-Based Learning Communities for freshmen at Cal Poly Humboldt: 

    • Klamath Connection: Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Resources Engineering, Fisheries, Forestry, or Wildlife majors. 

    • Stars to Rocks: Chemistry, Geology, or Physics majors. 

    • Rising Tides:  Marine Biology or Oceanography majors.  

    • Among Giants: Biology, Botany or Zoology majors

    • Representing Realities: Computer Science or Math majors

    • Baduwa’t to Bay: Engineering majors

  • Global Humboldt Program or Students for Violence Prevention Program
    Mentors will work with undeclared freshmen who are exploring majors and learning more about themselves, the community, and how they connect to the world (GH) or with first-year students from multiple disciplines interested in non-violence and social justice (SVP).  

  • Creando Raíces (Creating Roots) Learning Community  
    Mentors will work with freshmen who are interested in careers in teaching and service-oriented professions (Social Work, English, Kinesiology, History). There is a focus on social and cultural impacts and centering on the Chicano and Latinx experience.

  • Teaching for Social Justice Learning Community
    Mentors will work with freshmen participating in an educational community created for freshmen majoring in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, Art Education, or Kinesiology Education and for students interested in careers in teaching and service-oriented professions (Social Work, English, Kinesiology, History). There is a focus on social and cultural impacts and centering on the Chicano and Latinx experience.

  • Green to Gold First Year Freshman Experience  
    Mentors will work with freshmen who are interested in careers in business.

RAMP Mentors are paid $18.00/hr (as of Aug 1, 2023) and work up to 10 hours per week. Upon successful completion of Spring 2023 Mentor Education (which is paid time - up to 18 hours!), mentors are assigned a caseload of 2023-2024 first-time freshmen with whom the mentors work and support during the first year transition to Humboldt. Mentors are actively supported and guided by the RAMP professional staff (RAMP Director and RAMP Coordinator), as well as RAMP Lead Mentors who worked as mentors the previous year.

Minimum Qualifications: Currently enrolled full-time at Humboldt as an undergraduate student and have earned at least 12 units at Humboldt. Applicants must be able to commit to the full 2023-2024 academic year and be able to attend all mentor education sessions. Applicants must have: 1) a sincere commitment to serve as an honest, humble, and “real model” for students new to the college experience, 2) be in good academic standing at the time of application and during employment, and 3) a commitment to uphold the RAMP Statement of Purpose.

Preferred Qualifications: RAMP seeks to employ students with strong leadership skills, who are dependable, able to work independently, and possess a minimum semester & cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and/or are in good academic standing at the time of application. Students who can apply their own lived experiences to helping students demonstrate a basic understanding of university policies and the resources that Humboldt has to offer, and who possess strong communication and time management skills, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 RAMP Mentor Job Announcement

2023-2024 RAMP Employment Application Form