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Peer Engagement Coaching

NOTE: We are not currently recruiting students for the Peer Engagement Coaching Program. We encourage you to check out the Emerging Leaders Workshops and the ACCE Team for other opportunities to get involved. 

The mission of the Peer Engagement Coaching (PEC) Program is to motivate new students to engage in extracurricular activities, to reflect and grow from their experiences, and to provide a support network for students to thrive together. Between the new environment and workload, incoming students may find it challenging to find places to consider how to enrich their academic experience through getting involved in the McGill and/or Montreal community. Our goals are:

  • To guide first year students towards engagement opportunities on campus and providing them the resources and guidance to encourage them to stay involved.
  • To offer a supportive environment for these students to reflect and recharge between their discoveries and challenges throughout the academic year.


Who is a Peer Engagement Coach?

Peer Engagement Coaches are the heart of the program. The coaches are returning students with a love for getting involved, helping their peers and allowing others to grow and succeed. Throughout the year, each Peer Engagement Coach will be the main contact for 3-5 first year students, guiding them through the academic year.


Who is a Coached Student?

Participants in the Peer Engagement Coaching program are the soul of the program. They are the curious students seeking involvement opportunities and are open to finding out more about where to start. Peer Engagement Coaches help filter information and notify participants of personalised engagement opportunities across campus. In the beginning of the term participants are given an engagement journal and are invited to reflect on their challenges and discoveries throughout their experiences while getting involved.


Benefits of Participating in the Peer Engagement Coaching Program

For Coached Students

  • Get involved with McGill opportunities
  • Make connections around campus
  • Reflect and develop communication and interpersonal skills
  • Add to your co-curricular record  or CCR (click here for info on CCR)
  • Learn more about McGill including Student Services and resources on campus

For Coaches

  • Event Planning Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Coaching Abilities
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills 
  • Time Management 
  • Self-Awareness 


Becoming a Peer Engagement Coach

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing Peer Coaching to students individually or in groups through meetings and outreach activities
  • Serve as safe, confidential points of conversation for the coached students
  • Encourage and support the coached students throughout their engagement experiences
  • Refer coached students to appropriate Student Services

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of engagement opportunities on campus and in Montreal
  • Actively engaged in co-curricular activities through clubs/societies/organisations on campus. Previous engagement experience an asset.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Patient, empathetic and reliable
  • Previous leadership/mentorship/facilitation experience an asset, but not required


If you have any questions, please email leadership.training [at] mcgill.ca


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