Please respond to the application questions thoroughly and clearly. The quality of the essay responses is crucial to the selections process. Incomplete or underdeveloped answers will preclude an applicant’s proceeding to the next phase of the selection process: the interview.
APPLICATION DEADLINE -
The application deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
Completed applications must be submitted online, letters of recommendations must be submitted to the Office of African-American Affairs, #4 Dawson’s Row, not later than 5:00 pm on the day the application is due, or your application will be considered incomplete. Each applications requires two letters of recommendation. One of your letters may come from a current OAAA Peer Advisor (PA) or a Resident Advisor (RA). These are the only peers whose letters will fulfill this requirement. If you choose to have a PA or RA write on your behalf, please be sure they know you well enough to speak to your character and provide thoughtful feedback. The other letter must come from someone who has worked with you in a professional capacity (teacher, professor, coach, supervisor, etc.)
Notification of first-round selections decisions will be sent via email the week of February 5, 2018. If you have not received a letter by February 6, 2018, please contact the Office of African-American Affairs at (434) 924-7923.
For those making it to the second-round, please be aware Peer Advisor Program interviews will be conducted on Saturday February 17, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. There will be mandatory group interviews from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, and individual interviews from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Please place a hold on your calendar now to avoid scheduling conflicts later. Requests for interviews outside of this time frame will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and they will only be granted if there are extenuating circumstances. Please plan in advance.
Decision letters will be emailed the week of February 19, 2018. If you have not received your letter by March 16, 2018, please contact the Office of African-American Affairs immediately at (434) 924-7923.
Mandatory Orientation/Training Sessions
If you are selected as a 2018-2019 Peer Advisor or Peer Advisor Alternate, you are required to attend mandatory training sessions in the spring of 2018 and again in August. Please hold the following dates for the spring training session: Saturday, March 17, 2018 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm).
The tentative dates for the Fall Orientation are: August 16 – 18, 2018. Please plan to return to Grounds early by August 15, 2018.
All new Peer Advisors are required to enroll in EDHS 3890: Peer Counseling Theory and Skills in the fall semester of their first year of Peer Advising, unless they have already taken the course.
Description of a Peer Advisor
Peer Advisors are a select group of University of Virginia second-, third-, and fourth-year students chosen to serve as mentors and advisors to students that identify as Black in the entering class of first-year and transfers students throughout their first-year at the University.
All Peer Advisors undergo an extensive training to ensure they are prepared to assist entering students with common issues faced by new students to the University.
Returning full-time students that will be on Grounds in the fall semester. (If you will be studying abroad in the Fall semester after your appointment, you will not be considered for a Peer Advisor Position)
Good academic standing (minimum GPA 2.80, or a cumulative GPA of 2.80 for the last two semesters)
Committed to working with a diverse group of peers, as well as entering students
Willingness to share time, talents, energy, and knowledge with students in the entering class
Passionate about helping students acclimate socially, academically and psychologically
Desire to be a trained helper