Orientation 2019

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) is designed to build community among students from underrepresented backgrounds and introduce new students to valuable resources and mentors.

Peer Mentors

Students who are the first in their families to attend college, students of color, and students from low income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to join PMP, however all students who identify with the mission of PMP are welcome to join. The three-day program offered prior to New Reedie Orientation is the first of many PMP activities that take place throughout the year.

In addition to the Pre-Orientation Program, an important component of PMP is peer mentoring. By pairing incoming students with current Reedies, PMP provides additional support for new Reedies transitioning to college life. Participants benefit from meaningful and supportive peer relationships; enhanced knowledge of academic, health, and social campus resources and networks; and opportunities for involvement and leadership.

During the program, you will explore the city of Portland, get to know other new students, hear stories from mentors about how to thrive at Reed, and learn about campus resources that will support you in your transition to college.

If you register for the Peer Mentor Program, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for a SEEDS Community Engagement Trip or an Outdoor Trip, both of which occur after PMP and before general Orientation.

Contact: Dayspring Mattole, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Community, 503/777-7518.

Important Dates

Tuesday, August 20
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Check-in/move-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner on campus for students and families
6:30–8:30 p.m. Welcome event (students only, please)
Wednesday, August 21
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. PMP activities in Portland, including dinner
Evening Optional activities
Thursday, August 22
8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. PMP activities in Portland, including dinner
Evening Optional activities
Friday, August 23
8:30 a.m.–noon PMP activities on campus
1–5 p.m. Check-in for New Reedie Orientation
Evening Trips begin

Cost & Registration

The PMP Pre-Orientation Program is free. All meals and associated costs are included.

You must register for the PMP through IRIS. Your registration will automatically place you in the yearlong PMP, which includes the Pre-Orientation Program, being matched with a mentor, and other optional social and academic activities throughout the year. You also must fill out the Medical Information Form and the Waiver and Release Form. Space for PMP is limited to 50 new Reedies, and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. By July 15, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Dayspring Mattole.

If you are an international student who would like a Reed mentor, please contact Dana Lawson, assistant dean of international students, at 503/517-5538 or by email, for more information about the international student mentor program, InterConnect.

Packing for the Peer Mentor Program

Please dress comfortably. Clothing and shoes that are comfortable for walking on Saturday and Sunday are strongly recommended. Weather in the Pacific Northwest is highly variable. Although August tends to be quite warm and sunny, it can be cool at night and rainy. We suggest that you dress in layers to be prepared for temperature changes.

Arriving for the Peer Mentor Program

You should arrive on campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20. Check-in will take place in the Student Center. If a later arrival is unavoidable, please call 503/777-7518 or send an email.

Van shuttles from the airport may be available. Contact Dayspring Mattole by 5 p.m., August 2, if you are interested in reserving a space.

Once on Campus for the Peer Mentor Program

You will have access to your residence hall room as soon as you arrive on campus. You will sleep in your room all three nights. If you attend a SEEDS or Outdoor Trip after the Peer Mentor Program, you will hear from that trip whether you will be sleeping off campus or in your room during the weekend.

We will provide activities each day and evening that will help you connect with other students attending PMP.

All meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Tuesday, August 14.

Returning from the Peer Mentor Program

PMP Pre-Orientation activities conclude at approximately noon on Friday, August 23. All PMP participants will then attend New Reedie Orientation check-in from 1–5 p.m. Outdoor Trips and SEEDS Trips will begin Friday evening.


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Theresa Lowrie in the Disability Support Services office to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.

Contact us

Student engagement office