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What International Peer Mentors Do

The International Peer Mentor (IPM) is a campus leadership position. Only a small number of international students are selected to be an IPM. They work as a team to assist new students with navigating the U.S. college system while providing peer support and understanding during their cultural adjustment. IPMs remain connected with new and continuing international students through various social and educational events in an effort to integrate them into the campus community. The International Peer Mentor program is a core service that is vital for international student success. 

IPM Mission

To provide comprehensive support to new and continuing international students in order to achieve cross-cultural experiences and academic successes at Shoreline Community College.

Learning Outcomes for IPMs

Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration, and application

Access, understand, and connect knowledge from multiple disciplines and sources; personalize learning; use experiences and insights to generate problem-solving approaches; relate knowledge to personal and career choices; make connections between in-classroom and out-of-classroom learning.

Cognitive complexity

Exercise critical thinking (identify problems and questions; analyze and assess information and assumptions; consider multiple perspectives), reflective thinking (apply previously understand information to a new setting), effective reasoning (use complex information to form an opinion), and creativity (integrate mental, emotional, and creative processes for increased insight).

Intrapersonal development

Develop realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding, and self-respect; integrate multiple aspects of identity into a coherent whole; incorporate ethical reasoning into action; develop, and act in alignment with, personal values and beliefs; accept personal accountability.

Interpersonal competence

Establish healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with others; treat others with respect; manage conflicts effectively; seek help and offer assistance when appropriate; seek to work cooperatively with others; develop effective leadership skills.

Humanitarianism and civic engagement

Understand own identity and culture; respect and preserve the dignity of others; understand the interconnectedness of societies worldwide; recognize social systems and their influence on people; challenge the unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior of others; develop a sense of civic responsibility and engagement.

Practical competence

Set and pursue individual goals; develop effective communication skills; demonstrate technological literacy; manage time effectively; demonstrate professionalism; maintain health and wellness; live a purposeful and satisfying life.

 

Adapted from CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education
Updated Spring 2017