Programs & Services
The Center is a driving force behind the following campus programs created to support an engaged campus community.
PEACE - Peer Assisting and Caring for Each Other
PEACE is a pivotal peer mentoring program that the office has run since Fall 2004. Academically and socially successful students serve as trained mentors to their peers, providing motivational, academic and personal support. This mentoring is multifaceted in that it involves both motivational, academic, and personal support. Mentors with the assistance of the Director work to ensure that students in the program achieve high academic success and leadership involvement.
Leadership and Development
The center organizes various conferences and leadership workshops for students to enhance their skills. We provide students with leadership opportunities off-campus by taking them to conferences addressing student leadership, growth and development. Students also attend leadership conferences that address issues of ethnicity, race, gender and culture – issues pertinent to their own identity formation and personal awareness.
This is primarily a skills enhancement effort undertaken by the center that benefits a cross-section of Saint Michael's students. Students who participate in these activities often become more involved on campus and show greater satisfaction with their college experience.
A group of students, faculty and staff committed to sharing languages and cultures with each other, members meet twice a month over coffee or lunch to speak in different languages. Participants are native speakers as well as people learning the language. The range of conversations and discussions varies depending on the interests of the participants and facilitators. This is a wonderful way to support language learners and affirm those who speak languages other than English in our community.
Created in 2007, the Institute provides a selected group of applicants with a semester-long leadership curriculum and a certificate series for those who complete all the sessions. The Leadership Institute is designed to help students enhance their leadership skills and be prepared to take leadership roles during and after college.
A collaborative program between Admission and the Center for Multicultural Affairs, this program works closely with a select group of students to assist in recruiting, hosting multicultural visits, and connecting with incoming and potential Saint Michael's students.
Peer Diversity Educators
Peer Diversity Educators are a group of students whose goal is to educate their peers around issues of diversity and acceptance. Highly successful and trained in leadership, facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution, this group visits residence halls and other places around campus to engage their peers.
A group of faculty and staff volunteers who are committed to assisting multicultural students in their career and personal goals. Most of the mentoring is field/major-specific and involves faculty members who are highly successful and experts in their areas of research. This program gives faculty members an opportunity to be involved with international, first-generation, and multicultural college students. It provides students with invaluable resources, support and wisdom.
PESO Peer Shadowing and Orientation
PESO is a first-year transition program that includes first-year orientation and transition activities, a secret support system run by upper-level students to alleviate pressures on first-year students, as well as various international events, workshops and panels around issues like study-skill management to help students experience a successful first year.