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Wave Makers Peer Mentor Program

We aim to retain every student and provide them with the tools to navigate their social, academic, professional, and personal lives.

The goal of the Wave Makers Peer Mentor Program is to pair incoming first-year students and new transfer students with upper-class student mentors who serve as coaches, role models, advisers, guides, and referral agents to facilitate transitioning into Tulane collegiate life. The peer-to peer model program promotes and facilitates student interaction and provides opportunities for students to connect and form strong academic relationships, share knowledge, and work together to succeed in college. Furthermore, peer mentors provide personalized and sensitive support for academic, personal, and social development.

Program History

The Peer Program was developed in 1986 as part of a retention program for students of color. Today, the Wave Makers Peer Mentors Program is open to all students, but still focuses predominantly on students of color and or LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning, and asexual people and allies). The program has been effective in promoting academic success, personal development, campus leadership, and civic engagement.

Benefits for Mentees

  • Increased academic achievement with a greater support system
  • Increased social confidence
  • Opportunity to learn from the experience of others
  • Gain a greater feeling of connection to school and peers
  • Make new friends across age groups
  • Become more empowered to make decisions
  • Gain practical advice that is academic and non-academically related
Benefits for Mentors
  • Improved reasoning skills
  • Improved communication and personal skills
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Increased empathy
  • Improved conflict resolution skills
  • Enhanced resume or curriculum vitae
  • A sense of intrinsic fulfillment and personal growth