Peer Advisors

2017 SBS Peer Advisors and Dominick Usher, Assistant Director, Advising Resource Center

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!  

Vision

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.

Mission

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

Head Peer Advisors

  • Emma Aulenback (Sociology)
  • Sarah Carroll (Legal Studies & Mid. East. Studies)

Peer Advisors 

  • Nicole Boulanger (Communication)
  • Marika Cerbone (Political Science)
  • Amanda Cirella (Communication, Political Science, & Spanish)
  • Victoria Duran (Political Science & History)
  • Katlyn Fennell (Legal Studies & Political Science)
  • Palwinder (PK) Kaur (Political Science)
  • Kaitlin McCarthy (Communication)
  • Ethan Shapiro (Economics)
  • Jodie Sipala (Resource Economics)
  • Noosha Uddin (Economics & Political Science)
  • Divya (Jo) Walia (Political Science & Pre-Med)
  • Emily White (Communication)
  • Matt White (Political Science)
  • Zhou Wu (Marketing & Psychology)

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
  • University Programming Council
  • Model United Nations Team
  • International Relations Club
  • Ski & Board Club
  • Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
  • UMass Cosmetics Club
  • Latinos Unidos
  • History Club
  • Marketing Club
  • UMass Theatre Guild
  • UMass Hillel  
  • UMass Marching Band              

They've also worked as:

  • New Student Orientation Leaders
  • Admissions Ambassadors
  • Annual Fund Reps
  • Recreation Center staff
  • Dining Hall staff
  • Student Legal Services Interns
  • Judicial Interns
  • Research Assistants
  • Teaching Assistants
  • CAPA Ambassadors
  • EMTs

In the Community, they've served:

  • Amherst Survival Center
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Helping Hands
  • Hospital Volunteers
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Reading is Fundamental
  • Prime Time After School Program

Interested in Becoming a Peer Advisor? 

The application process for the 2018 – 2019 academic year is now closed. Applications for the 2019 – 2020 academic year will become available in late February 2019. Between now and then all inquiries about the SBS Advising Resource Center Peer Advisor position can be directed to dusher@umass.edu.

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
  • Must attend one training at the end of the spring semester (date TBD)

Responsibilities

  • 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 (exceptions will be made at times)
  • Must have prior experience working with people, preferably students
  • Must be able to participate in a 3-credit class during your first semester (1-credit independent study each following semester)
  • Must be able to commit to 4 hours in the Advising Resource Center per week (only when classes are in session during the fall and spring)
  • Must be able to participate in approximately 6 hours of developmental training and/or ARC sponsored programming each semester
  • Must attend and successfully complete an interview
  • Must attend one training at the end of the spring semester (date TBD)