Peer leadership provides opportunities for students to guide, educate, and support students in becoming successful at Austin Peay State University.
Peer leaders have the opportunity to explore their leadership potential, learn techniques about facilitating dialogue, and developing skills for mentoring both inside and outside of the classroom.
Peer Leaders are upperclassmen who provide an immediate support network to students enrolled in APSU 1000, HON 1000, PELP 1000, and PASS 0900. Each section is supported by a successful student, who will attend all class meetings, support the class instructors, and, just as the title describes, serve as a mentor and leader for the students in their class. In addition, Peer Leaders help students develop a better understanding of campus resources and skills essential for academic success.
As a result of having a Peer Leader, new students will:
- Develop a connection to the university community.
- Make a successful transition to APSU.
- Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience.
Benefits of Being a Peer Leader
Not only do students benefit from having a peer leader, but peer leaders benefit as well. Peer Leaders will develop relationships with faculty and staff on campus, make connections to campus resources, advance their leadership skills, and improve their interpersonal communication skills.
The peer leadership experience allows a student to make a difference in the lives of others. Peer Leaders reflect on their own development and gain transferrable skills for any leadership role on campus or after graduation.
As a result in participating in the Peer Leader Program, the Peer Leader will be able to:
- Establish a positive relationship with students, staff, and faculty.
- Identify and develop personal strengths as it pertains to their leadership roles.
- Connect students to campus resources and services.
- Enhance their communication, listening, and facilitation skills.