Guttman Peer Mentors Attend National Mentoring Symposium



November 19, 2014 | Peer Mentoring, Student Feature

Gutman Peer Mentors Noy Kruvi and Vikki Franco attend National Mentoring Symposium on October 11, 2014.

Guttman Peer Mentors Noy Kruvi and Vikki Franco attend the National Mentoring Symposium on October 11, 2014.

Bindi Patel, Assistant Director for Mentoring and Student Success at Guttman, accompanied Vikki Franco, Leadership and Service Peer Mentor, and Noy Kruvi, Academic Success Studio Peer Mentor, to the National Mentoring Symposium held at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) on October 11. The symposium provided an opportunity to network with other undergraduate and graduate students who also serve as peer mentors at their campuses.

The day focused on the “rippling effect” of mentoring, underscoring the importance of how mentors’ actions can have lasting effects on the students they serve. Throughout the day, best practices were shared; the Guttman team gathered many new ideas on how to enhance the Guttman Peer Mentoring program. With these new insights the Peer Mentors look forward to helping advance the leadership development of the team and are excited to consider innovative ways to utilize social media in the mentoring relationship.

Although it was a short trip, the impact of the experience will be far reaching. Vikki Franco commented, “The trip to IUPUI has given me a better understanding of my role as a peer mentor. Meeting the mentors from various schools and discussing the differences in our programs has granted me the insight needed to better the Peer Mentor program at Guttman.”