Peer Advisors

SBS Peer Advisor, Tyler Cotta

In addition to the advising you receive from the professional staff and your major department, the Advising Center offers supplemental advising from Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors are students like you, who can provide useful insight into many aspects of academic and co-curricular life in SBS and UMass Amherst. Peer Advisors are second semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors selected by application and interview who participate in a leadership seminar and training. Offering unique guidance based on this special training and their personal experiences, PAs can help you:

  • Navigate your way through the University and its resources
  • Learn and understand the General Education Requirements
  • Learn and understand the SBS Global Education Requirements
  • Determine which courses may be of particular interest to you
  • Set an enrollment plan of action for future semesters
  • Become aware of SBS events and programs
  • Get you connected to career and professional development services
  • Help you explore the majors within SBS based off of your interests
  • Find information on internships, studying abroad, multicultural services and much more

Peer Advisors are available for walk-in consultation Monday through Friday from 10am until 4pm in the Advising Resource Center located in 128 Thompson Hall.

You could also send us an email and like our page on Facebook for more information about upcoming opportunities and events!  


The SBS Peer Advising Program serves to set all students on a meaningful pathway to success throughout their college career and instill in them an understanding of being a part of a greater global community.


The SBS Peer Advising Program promotes the understanding and fulfillment of university and college requirements through student centered advising and mentoring relationships that support personal and academic exploration.  SBS Peer Advisors advocate for the comprehensive awareness and use of campus resources in order to connect students to opportunities for continue support and growth.  Furthermore, SBS Peer Advisors serve their fellow students fairly and equitably while honoring individuality through encouraging the holistic development of personal paths to success.

Core Values

Commit to Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Education and Experience

Guide Students towards Academic and Personal Success

Ensure that Students feel Connected to the Community through Communication and Outreach

Provide a Supportive and Open Atmosphere to Foster Student Growth

Create Pathways for Students to Explore and Flourish Independently

Returning Peer Advisors 

Brian Bushard (Political Science)
Patina Campbell (Legal Studies)
Tyler Cotta (Political Science & Sociology)
Megan Siwek (Legal Studies)
Jacqueline O’Brien (Communication)
Jane Peng (Economics)
Sarah Carroll (Legal Studies & Mid. East)
Christina Walker (Sociology)

New Peer Advisors 

Katlyn Fennell (Legal Studies & Political Science)
Marika Cerbone (Political Science)
Palwinder Kaur (Political Science)
Thomas Aulenback (Economics)
Amanda Cirella (Communication, Political Science, & Spanish)
Gabriela Walker (Communication)
Noosha Uddin (Economics & Political Science)

Peer Advisor Activities

Collectively at UMass, the Peer Advisors are involved in:

  • Five Greek Organizations
  • WMUA UMass Radio Station
  • House Councils
  • Student Government Association
  • Daily Collegian
  • Comedy Troupe Sketch 22
  • Not Ready for Bedtime Players

They've also worked as:

  • New Student Orientation Leaders
  • Admissions Ambassadors
  • Annual Fund Reps
  • Recreation Center staff
  • Dining Hall staff

In the Community, they've served:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Helping Hands
  • Hospital Volunteers
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity

Interested in Becoming a Peer Advisor? 

Applications will become available generally two weeks prior to registration each semester.  The process involves a written application through this website, and after initial review qualified candidates will be asked to come in for an interview.  The process generally takes two weeks.  Questions about the program?  Come to the office in 128 Thompson and speak with a Peer Advisor!  You can also email us at

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

  • Must be a UMass student currently enrolled in a program of study within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (as a primary or secondary major)
  • Must be have at least 15 credits and a minimum of 1 year remaining at the institution
  •  3.0 GPA or above
  • Must have prior experience working with people, preferably students
  • Must be able to participate in a class that meets weekly for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Must be able to participate in approximately 6 hrs/week of class time/homework, training/peer advising, and community outreach
  • Must attend and successfully complete an interview


  • During your first semester, you will be enrolled in a 3 credit seminar that requires you to participate in class discussions and complete weekly reading, writing, midterm/final paper
  • Following their first semester, returning PAs must enroll in a 1cr internship seminar as P/F and continue to work in the office
  • Advise and educate students on the SBS-Global Education Requirement
  • Advise and educate students on the UMass General Education Requirements
  • Work with Exploratory Track Program students in interest and major exploration
  • Assist in training and informing students about career and professional development resources
  • Inform and educate students about university resources
  • Coordinate/attend and participate in departmental and College activities
  • Perform community outreach to students, especially first-years and transfers
  • Peer Advisors will work two 2hr shifts in the office per week
  • Peer Advisors will be FERPA certified
  • Assist in general office clerical activities