Peer Mentor Program

Division of Student Life

The Peer Mentor Program is coordinated each year by current students with prior involvement in the program, and the Director of the Office for Inclusive Community. Come visit us in the Student Center or email us at!

Peer Mentor Program Staff from previous years

Jacob Shaw, '19 

Why hello there! My name is Jacob (he/him/his) and it is such an honor to serve as one of the PMP interns for the 2017 - 2018 school year! Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I came all the way to Reed to study political science; afterwards, I intend to attend law school and someday become a lawyer. Undoubtedly, being a 1st generation, black, low SES student from a non traditional family background made my transition and acclimation to Reed difficult and at times woefully uncomfortable. Thankfully, during my first two years here at Reed, I have been able to lean on the beautiful support network that is PMP, which I consider my family. As a mentee during my freshman year and then as a mentor during my sophomore year, PMP continually gave me reasons to laugh and celebrate as well as helped me develop and grow even as a Reedie from an underrepresented background. Now as a junior this upcoming school year, I seek to continue the magic of PMP for the next generation. So, I am extremely excited to meet all of your new faces and cannot wait for you to join the family. :)

Maddox Zheng, '20 

Hi, I’m Maddox (he/him/his or they/them/theirs). I'm a queer transmasc Chinese American from Orange, CT. I'm a sophomore looking to major in biochem, and I'm going to be one of the interns for PMP this year! My primary goal for this year, above all else, is to listen. I want to hear about your unique experiences if you're willing to share, give space for your healing, connect you to others with similar backgrounds, and welcome you to the PMP family. This year I'd like to focus specifically on oppression that occurs within marginalized communities, and further investigate different intersections of identity. Outside of PMP, my goals for this year are to read and volunteer more, and do more food exploring in Portland! 


Are you ready to join the PMP community?

New students

The Peer Mentor Program begins every August with a pre-orientation Odyssey. Sign up on IRIS! More info about the Odyssey is available peer mentor program info. Bios of some current mentors are also available here. 

Current students

Are you excited about supporting incoming students in their first year transition to Reed? Apply to be a PMP mentor! Additional information will be posted on Griffin Door and here in early spring.