The Disability Services Peer Mentor Program has been developed to assist students enrolled in LCSC Disability Services who may need or want additional assistance, or support, in order to be successful in college. Additionally, students who are a part of our counseling services, may be added to the program on a case by case basis. The Disability Services Peer Mentor acts in accordance with and under the supervision of Doug Steele, the director of the Student Counseling Center and Disability Services office.
The purpose of the Disability Services Peer Mentor Program is to empower students with disabilities to excel in their academics, personal growth, and interpersonal relationships through time management, organization, mnemonic strategies, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. The Disability Services Peer Mentor Program also encourages students with disabilities to become self-reliant, and practice self-advocacy by building positive relationships. Information may be shared as part of the mentor-mentee relationship and mentor training. The program will hold such information confidential and under no circumstances will be disclosed to others outside of the LCSC Disability Services Peer Mentor Program.
Mentors and Mentees should plan to meet once a week for at least one hour throughout the semester. However, if at any point during the semester, either person feels like they don’t want to continue with the mentoring program, they may notify their partner, along with the director of the Disability Services office, Doug Steele. These meetings should take place on campus, wherever the Mentor and Mentee are comfortable.
For the mentee, the Program provides support and stability during their college experience, and offers opportunities to improve communication and self-advocacy skills. For the mentor, the Program offers opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences and develop leadership skills.