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 25, 2019, 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 4, 2019. If you have not received a letter by February 7, 2019, please contact the Office of African-American Affairs at (434) 924-7923.
Please be aware Peer Advisor Program interviews will be conducted on Saturday February 16, 2019 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 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 18, 2019. If you have not received your letter by March 18, 2019, please contact the Office of African-American Affairs immediately at (434) 924-7923.
Mandatory Orientation/Training Sessions
If you are selected as a 2019-2020 Peer Advisor or Peer Advisor Alternate, you are required to attend mandatory training sessions in the spring of 2019 and again in August.
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
A Peer Advisor is someone who is committed to improving the experiences of incoming students who identify as black, including first year and transfer students. They strive to ease the transition of these students by providing academic, social, and emotional support. In line with program goals, they serve as role models and friends to their advisees, all the while supporting their fellow program members in leadership development activities. In addition, Peer Advisors are also knowledgeable about issues facing the black community and strive to make it better. They set a good example for their advisees and other Advisors through their academic achievements and involvements at UVA and in the greater Charlottesville community.
A Peer Advisor is also considerate of others, reliable, honest, caring, and empathetic. They are well-rounded, have a strong sense of duty, and the capably to handle the challenges that come with taking on a leadership position. Effective time management skills, or the humility to ask for help in acquiring said skills are critical. This allows them to balance their other commitments while fulfilling the responsibilities of the Program. Finally, a Peer Advisor will be expected to do the following as part of their commitment to the program: 1) enroll in and complete EDHS 3895 by the end of their first semester as a Peer Advisor, 2) attend scheduled monthly meetings and mandatory events for the program at large, and 3) attend four Raising the Bar sessions per semester, including one Raising the Bar Kickoff Event held during the fall. In conclusion, Peer Advisors within the Office of African American Affairs represent the community and success of the strong black students at UVA, and carry a great responsibility and privilege to serve others.
- A returning full-time student 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 and the Program at large
- Passionate about helping students acclimate socially, academically and psychologically
- Desire to be a trained helper