New Students

Peer Mentor Program

The Multicultural Resource Center’s Peer Mentor Program is designed to support new students’ transition to Reed College.

The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) aims to support students from underrepresented communities, including students of color, students who are among the first in their family to attend college, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and LGBTQ2S+ students. PMP begins with a pre-Orientation experience and continues throughout a student’s first year at Reed.

PMP is open to any incoming student who wishes to participate. Each participant is matched with a current Reed student who becomes their PMP mentor for the year.

Participants benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships, enhanced knowledge of campus resources, opportunities for involvement and leadership, and access to educational, cultural, and social events sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.

There is no registration fee or participation fee for the Peer Mentor Program, including the pre-Orientation experience. All activities and meals associated with the program are at no cost to participants.

Registration opens May 1

During the PMP pre-Orientation experience, you will get to know other new students, hear stories and advice from mentors about how to thrive at Reed, and learn about campus resources that will support you in your transition to college. PMP intentionally creates space for students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds and engages participants in conversations that address issues of identity, diversity, and privilege.

Participation in the Peer Mentor Program does not exclude you from participating in a SEEDS or Virtual Outdoor Orientation experience. We highly encourage students to take advantage of both experiences.

Contact

Jessika Chi, assistant dean for institutional diversity

Cost & Registration

The PMP pre-Orientation experience is free. All meals, transportation, and associated costs are included.

You must register for the Peer Mentor Program. Registration opens May 1. Please register by July 1. Your registration will automatically place you in the yearlong program, which includes the pre-Orientation experience, being matched with a mentor, and other optional social and academic activities throughout the year. 

By July 15, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Jessika Chi.

 

Accessibility

The PMP pre-Orientation experience strives to provide activities that are accessible and inclusive. If you are a student in need of accommodations due to a disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can make the appropriate accommodations.

You may also contact Reed’s Office of Disability and Accessibility Resources to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.