Get Involved with IPM

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The International Peer Mentor (IPM) initiative is being developed now and the first cohort of mentors will help shape this program. The primary goal is to provide exceptional, on-going, personal support to new international students for their first semester (or more) here at UW-Madison.

Each IPM will serve on a team of 3 mentors (2 international and 1 domestic).  Each Mentor will be assigned up to 10 new international students (mentees) for the Fall 2023 Semester. Teams of mentors will collaborate on events and activities for mentees. Rather than creating your own events, mentor teams will be expected to invite mentees to events on campus and in Madison.

Individual mentors will be responsible for on-going communication and outreach to support new international students. You will organize and facilitate one-on-one conversations that focus on the mentee’s overall wellbeing, adjustment to UW-Madison, cultural reflections, involvement opportunities, challenges, etc. Training in Spring 2023 will provide opportunities for you to learn more about the skills needed to succeed as an IPM.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
·    Serve as a mentor for new international students
·    Develop professional relationships with mentees and other mentors
·    Reach out and respond to mentees regularly
·    Collaborate with other mentors on events for mentees
·    Act as a mentor/guide, not act as a friend or advisor (you may not date or socialize with mentees while you are a mentor)
·    Learn about and share various campus resources
·    Refer mentees to offices or services (including mental health, academic, career, etc)
·    Attending staff meetings/trainings and one on one meetings with supervisor.
·    Contribute to the overall mission of ISS and the Global Engagement Team (GET)


Check back soon for information on how to apply for mentorship as a participant mentee!