Frequently Asked Questions
1. What role do Peer Mentors play at CSU East Bay?
Peer mentors assist faculty in GS sections for an entire academic year. They mentor their students to develop skills regarding stress and time management, financial literacy, and understanding diversity. Due to the work of peer mentors, students benefit from university resources that they wouldn’t have sought out without a prior connection. Furthermore, peer mentors facilitate events that promote studying, maintaining more meaningful relationships with peers, and making healthy lifestyle choices.
2. Where are the Peer Mentor offices located?
The Peer Mentor offices are located in the Student Services and Administration (SSA) building, suite 1701. Map link here
3. Do I get my own personal Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors typically meet with the students of the General Studies section they are involved with. However, students may choose to identify with a peer mentor who has the same major or another connecting factor. Students are encouraged to approach any peer mentor.
4. What can I talk to a Peer Mentor about?
Peer Mentors are available to discuss a wide array of topics related to educational and social development. Examples of subjects mentors have encountered include balancing school with work and/or a positive social life, negating peer pressure to engage in unsafe behaviors, learning the skills necessary to become a successful college student and resolving emotional obstacles that prevent a healthy adjustment to college life.
5. My General Studies section does not have a Peer Mentor. How do I schedule an appointment with a Peer Mentor?
Students can come into the Peer Mentor Services Office, located in SA 1701, at any time to speak with the peer mentor on staff. You may ask when a particular Peer Mentor has their office hours if you would like to schedule an appointment with them. If they are scheduled at a time that does not work for you, the staff can assist in getting your contact information to the Peer Mentor you are interested in speaking with.
6. I need help, but I don't feel comfortable talking to someone in person. What should I do?
Peer mentors are skilled in listening without judgment and have been trained to hold your information in confidence. However, if you still have reservations, please feel free to call the office (510)885-2498 and one of the staff will be happy to listen to your concerns and support you in finding the resources you might need. Alternatively, you can write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you in a timely fashion.