Through a partnership with Syracuse University’s Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, the Kelberman Center offers the support of a Peer Mentor to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the SU InclusiveU program. A Peer Mentor is another SU student, employed and trained by the Kelberman Center, who is paired with an InclusiveU student to provide assistance in and out of the classroom. Peer Mentors not only assist with academic skills such as attending class, note taking, helping with class assignments, and studying for exams, but also use their knowledge of the university and its array of activities to facilitate a genuinely inclusive social experience for the InclusiveU student. From getting a slice of pizza or hitting the fitness center between classes to participating in a university social group afterwards, Peer Mentors provide students with disabilities the opportunity to experience all that the university has to offer.
Any SU student may apply to be a Peer Mentor. For more information about how you can become a part of this exciting project, contact Michael Tucker at (315) 565-7556, ext. 307 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about becoming a part of SU’s InclusiveU program, visit their website at taishoffcenter.syr.edu.