Peer Leaders

January 11, 2017
  • Peer Leader Staff Training
    Peer Leader Staff Training
    Reimy Gonzalez

Marymount Manhattan College Peer Leaders (PLs) are student leaders who help new students become acclimated to MMC and the larger New York City community. Peer Leaders work with new students to provide them with a clear understanding of academic life and opportunities to become involved in the College community. The PLs are role models, advisors, friends, but most of all, they are peer mentors who care about the growth and development of incoming students. 

Becoming a Peer Leader at Marymount Manhattan College

Peer Leaders are chosen after an extensive application and selection process.  Selected leaders go through intensive training by College staff to gain skills necessary to serve as a resource for students. Peer Leaders play a pivotal role in welcoming new students to the College during Griffin Days Orientation in June and Welcome Week in August/September. Additionally, PLs provide assistance to the New York City (NYC) seminars and NYC 100 workshops during the fall semester. During the 2018 spring semester, PLs work one hour per week with their students outside of the classroom getting involved in opportunities on campus and exploring NYC.


Training and Staff Development

Spring Training

Peer Leaders attend a weekend training, at the end of April, in preparation for the Griffin Days summer orientation sessions which will take place in June. PL Training will cover a wide variety of content in order to prepare PLs to best serve as a guide and mentor to the incoming students. Training sessions are long and intensive, appropriately so as the PLs have the closest contact with new students and are often cited as the most impactful element of the entire orientation program.

 Griffin Days

2017 Griffin Days Schedule
  • Saturday, June 10th
  • Sunday, June 11th
  • Thursday, June 22nd
  • Friday, June 23rd
  • Saturday, June 24th


Fall Training

Peer Leaders return to campus two weeks before the start of fall classes and will undergo additional training to prepare for Welcome Weeks orientation programs. These training sessions will expand upon the spring trainings by focusing on the welcomMMC welcomes new students to orientatione programs as well as the PLs role in assisting with first-year success programs. Fall Welcome Week orientation takes place a week prior to the start of classes and PLs play a vital role in the support and facilitation of the program.


2017 Fall Orientation Dates
  • PL Training - Wednesday, August 23rd through Friday, August 25th  
  • Welcome Week - Monday, August 28th through Monday, September 4th


Getting to know your peersOrientation Tie Dye Party


Peer Leader Expectations and Responsibilities


Fall Semester
  • Lead educational workshops for new students and facilitate small group sessions to process information received during Orientation and Welcome Week
  • Familiarize new students with available student and College services, activities, and resources
  • Facilitate trips around New York City during Welcome Week
  • Participate in a 3-hour per week NYC seminar for duration of fall semester
  • Lead one or more classroom sessions, as part of the NYC seminar program
  • Participate in and help to facilitate NYC 100 - College Success Workshop
  • Attend and participate in Advisement Days and other activities during the fall and spring semesters
  • Participate in and complete the CityEdge CareerLab online workshop
  • Actively engage in a variety of community building activities on or off campus
  • Attend monthly staff meetings*
  • Attend and participate in additional programming/events/activities as assigned

 NYC Seminar - section 6 takes the Bull by the Horns. November 2016

Winter Break
  • Send postcards or emails to students during the January break
  • Staff and support the spring New/Transfer Orientation program


Spring Semester
  • Be prepared to participate in Welcome Back activities during the first week of the spring semester
  • Attend and participate in the annual Leadership Summit
  • Meet with members of your NYC seminar outside of the classroom at least once per month during the spring
  • Use emails/social media to engage your students at least once a week throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Work closely with your NYC Seminar instructor to facilitate both in-class and out-of-class curricular activities
  • Attend and participate in Advisement Days and other activities during the spring semesters
  • Facilitate, in conjunction with Career Services, CityEdge CareerLab Workshop for first-year students
  • Attend monthly staff meetings*
  • Attend and participate in additional programming/events/activities as assigned


Monthly PL Staff Meetings

PLs must attend monthly staff meetings, choosing one of two time slots each month: 1:00pm-2:00pm/5:20pm-6:00pm

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 2016 Peer Leaders

Eligibility and Benefits


  • Must be a full-time matriculated student at Marymount Manhattan College for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout their term
  • Must maintain good academic and disciplinary standing (including in the Residence Halls)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with groups
  • Must not be a Resident Advisor or Alternate for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Must be registered full-time for fall 2017 by end of April 2017
  • Stipend of $1,000
  • Opportunity to form new friendships
  • Build leadership and communication skills and experiences to include on your resume
  • Extensive knowledge of the college resources and services
  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Free meals during Griffin Days, Welcome Week, and training
  • Assistance with early move-in if applicant lives at 55th Street or Cooper Square


Karaoke with peer leaders and new students

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