The Small Group Program is a collection of First-Generation College Students serving as Peer Mentors focused on supporting first-year and transfer students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in a university environment. Students from all grades are welcomed and encouraged to participate with the goal of cultivating a greater sense of community and belonging among new students at UD as they transition into college life.
This semester we plan to offer a variety of group meetings: The Commuter Roundup, First-Gen Roundtables, An Alumni Connection, and Small Group Study Halls.
Each meetin will be held at the location of the peer mentors’ choosing and advertised on our Instragram @udfirstgen. Peer mentors will also coordinate with faculty and staff to host academic workshops and alumni panels.
The purpose of these meetings will be to offer small group participants a chance to build genuine and trusting relationships with their peer mentors. Our mentors are not necessarily themselves the experts in many of these topics, but they are fully equipped to guide students to any campus resources they may need.
Checkpoints are an aspect of the program created to encourage students to participate in campus activities. QR codes to an online checkpoint form will be posted around campus so that small group participants can check when they have attended social and academic events on campus.