Peer Mentors

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences (CALES) Student Success Peer Mentor program (formerly known as CALS PALS) is an opportunity for you to develop advanced skills in building rapport and individual coaching. CALES peer mentors receive semester-long training in leadership, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking skills and relationship-building skills, in order to help and support peers in having a successful experience at the university.

The leadership for-credit program offers ongoing professional development during weekly meetings to learn how to effectively support, inform and guide their student mentees with the goal of better preparing them to be academically and developmentally successful. CALES peer mentors work closely with CALES academic advisors and staff who facilitate the CALS 195C course. Mentors learn about and apply basic counseling skills, professional development and leadership skills.

After completing the role as a peer mentor, a UA student engagement competency will be posted on their transcript. Mentors also have the opportunity to earn internship units, though they must submit the required assignments, such as: personal/professional developmental learning goals; monthly reports; progress reports on student interactions; a reflection paper on their experience; and a time record log.

Meet the Mentors

CALES Peer Mentor responsibilities

  • Mentor approximately 10-20 students in the fall semester.
  • Support and attend the CALES 195C/A success course every week throughout the fall semester.
  • Meet with the assigned CALES 195C/A instructor per an agreement between the mentor and instructor.
  • Schedule at least 4 office hours to be accessible to student mentees every week throughout the fall semester.
  • Assist with social events hosted by CALES peer mentors.
  • Enhance your skills with a growth mindset and coaching from the program director, program coordinator and instructors. 
  • Attend the mandatory, in-person, CALES Peer Mentor Onboarding Session
  • Attend the mandatory, in-person, fall weekly professional development meetings (CALS 393/493) on Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m.

How to apply

The CALES Peer Mentor program is not accepting applications at this time. Please email Arianna Buchanan (ab834@arizona.edu) for more information.

Application requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 
  • Currently enrolled as a University of Arizona student and will continue enrollment during participation in the program
  • Completed at least one full year of academic courses at the University of Arizona (sophomore status or higher)
  • Excellent communication skills or willingness to develop skill
  • Ability to relate to students from diverse backgrounds
  • Basic knowledge of University of Arizona campus resources
  • Commitment to student success and confidentiality

 These application requirements are for students who have not been a CALES Student Success Peer Mentor in previous semesters:

  • Submit a complete online application with all materials requested:
  • A cover letter in PDF format that addresses the following questions:
    • What does being a peer mentor mean to you, and why are you interested in being a CALES Student Success Peer Mentor?
    • What campus resources have you used and would encourage others to use?
    • Why are you uniquely qualified to serve as a leader and role model to students?
    • What are the benefits and importance of diversity on a college campus?
    • Share relevant work or leadership experience.
  • A  resume that lists work experiences, as well as academic and campus involvement.
  • One reference, preferably an instructor, academic advisor or mentor who can talk about your character. Include the person's full name and contact information.

Have your materials prepared by the time you start the application as you will not be able to save and return to the application later. Selected candidates will be notified of their status via email.

These application requirements are for students who have prior experience as a CALES Student Success Peer Mentor:

  • Submit a complete online application with all materials requested:
  • A cover letter in PDF format that addresses the following questions:
    • What are you looking for in your next opportunity as a CALES Student Success Peer Mentor?
    • What campus resources have you used and would encourage others to use?
    • How have you balanced your responsibilities as a student and mentor? How can you improve?
    • Why are you uniquely qualified to serve as a leader and role model to students?
    • What are the benefits and importance of diversity on a college campus? 
  • A  resume that lists work experiences, CALES peer mentorship experience, and additional academic and campus involvement.

Have all of your application information and materials ready by the time you apply as you will not be allowed to save and return to the application later. Selected candidates will be notified of their status via e-mail. 

Program contacts

  • Program Coordinator: Arianna Buchanan, Academic Advisor I, 520-621-3616, Forbes 203 
  • Program Director: Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta, Senior Director of Academic Advising and Student Services, 520-621-3616, Forbes 203