Peer Leaders

Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors

The 2017-2018 Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors have been selected. If you are interested for 2018-2019, talk to current Peer Mentors.

Job Description

Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors play a very important role in our communities. Some of their duties include:  
  • Planning Orientation for the assigned Living-Learning Community
  • Executing Orientation programs for 120–180 residents
  • Serving as a peer mentor to a group of 20–30 residents including conducting regular check-ins with assigned students
  • Promoting resident engagement in the Living-Learning Community
  • Facilitating monthly programs or dialogues for the residents in the community
  • Encouraging students to reassign to the community and potentially serve as peer leaders

As you can see, if you become an Orientation Leader and/or Peer Mentor you will play a major role in helping a student transition to their Living-Learning Community.


  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Be in good judicial standing at the university
  • Peer Mentors must reside in their 
  • Peer Mentors must reside in their particular Living-Learning Community for the year they are Peer Mentors
  • Orientation Leaders do not need to reside in the community but need to have lived there


Even if you have not yet lived in a Living-Learning Community, you are encouraged to apply to this unique leadership opportunity. However, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Be in good judicial standing at the university
  • Once you are selected to serve as a peer leader, you must choose to reassign to a room in the Living-Learning Community and continue to live there during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Orientation Leaders get free housing and meals for early arrival and all the swag the residents get. Peer Mentors receive a $100 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore in January and all the swag. There is also the potential for a Letter of Recommendation for scholarships, internships, extracurricular activities, graduate school, etc. upon the successful completion of the academic year.

Application Process

Applications for 2018–2019 will be available in February 2018.

Mandatory Training 

Training takes place in the spring during April on Fridays from 3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


Application will be live February 2018.