Graduate Students Seeking Peer Support

List of Students Helping Students Programs by Intended Audience

This overview is updated on a regular basis; however, some inaccuracies or broken links may exist. Please email cle [at] mcgill.ca to report any issues with the content on this page.

Note: the programs marked by ∆ are maintained and developed by student organizations and may not involve any University oversight.

 

Programs for New Graduate Students

New Student Mentorship Program
Open to all incoming McGill domestic students
The New Student Mentorship Program facilitates on-going and meaningful connections between new and returning domestic (Canadian) McGill students. Incoming students are matched with a trained, upper-year mentor in the same faculty or department (when possible). Through regular, one-on-one check-ins throughout the academic year, mentors share valuable first-hand experience on how to navigate university life and campus resources. Monthly check-ins between mentors and mentees include topics such as effective study strategies, student-life balance, campus resources, and goal setting. 

Registration is now open here for the 2022-2023 academic year.

International Student Buddy Program

Open to all incoming McGill international students

The International Student Buddy Program assists new international students in adjusting to their new surroundings and facilitates students' integration into the McGill and Montreal communities. You will need to request for a buddy here

First Friend 
Open to all incoming McGill students

To help ease your transition to McGill, International Student Services (ISS) & Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E), proud members of Student Services, invite you to connect with one another based in your time zone as part of our First Friend Program! First Friend is a peer-to-peer program where you’ll be matched with a fellow new McGill student (not to be confused with a mentorship program).

Programs for Specific Populations

1st Up: First Generation Peer Support Group
Open to First Generation students
1st Up is McGill's peer support group for students who self-identify as First Generation students (typically, the first in their family or care-giving team to attend post-secondary education, the first in their family to attend post-secondary in Canada, and/or a youth in or coming from care). 1st Up offers monthly meetings run by First Generation students on a variety of topics and hosts First Generation Alumni-Student events.
Black Students' Network ∆
Open to anyone interested in the affairs of Black students and those of the larger African Diaspora
The Black Students’ Network (BSN) is a service provided through the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), and is available to all McGill students who are interested in the affairs of Black students and those of the larger African Diaspora. We host a range of social and political events by and for Black Students, in addition to hosting discussions and providing mentoring and resources. This includes Soul Food Fridays, Blacktivities, Book Club, Youth Day, Skillshares, workshops, Hair Day, Movie Nights, Parties, Mentorship Programs, alumni events, panels, and more!
BLSAM Mentorship Program ∆
Open to Black and racialized students
The Black Law Students’ Association of McGill (BLSAM) is a student-run organization at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Its mission is to promote the inclusion of Black and racialized students in the Faculty by centering the values of diversity, empowerment, leadership, and education. Through its programming, BLSAM aims to increase the visibility of Black and racialized students at the Faculty of Law and provide its members with the necessary tools to achieve the best law school experience and overall success. Throughout the year, the Association organizes a number of activities including a mentoring program for and by Black law students. Please reach out to blsa.law [at] mail.mcgill.ca for mentorship inquiries and registration.
Cousins Indigenous Student Mentorship Program
Open to Indigenous McGill students
Cousins is a peer-to-peer Indigenous student support resource that pairs a newer and a more experienced McGill student together for the year. Many of us have travelled long distances to come to university, and navigating the academic process, a new city, jobs, and friends can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming. The Cousins program is here to support Indigenous students through these transitions – whether you’re just starting university or are looking to meet new people and try new things!
Family Care Program
Open to student parents and caretakers
The McGill Family Care website provides information about various aspects of family care to the entire McGill community, including resources on childcare, schooling, student parents, eldercare and healthcare. It is the product of a collaboration between the Joint Board Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE) Subcommittee on Family Care, the Faculty Relocation Advisor, and the Family Resources Coordinator.
McGill Christian Fellowship Buddy Program
Open to students who identify as Christian
This program matches incoming McGill students to upper year students to help them as they navigate the transition to McGill. Incoming students will receive support on classes, faith, adjusting to school online and tips for a successful first year, and more. To request a mentor, please email us at intervarsitymcf [at] ssmu.ca.
PhD Support Group
Open to students in Doctoral programs
Do you find it challenging to balance life and academics? Do you feel disconnected from others in your program? Do you sometimes struggle to retain your focus and direction? Join our group for ideas, encouragement, motivation and a sense of connectedness. Students may attend one or both groups. Please register at least 1 hour prior to the start of a session in order to receive the invitation for the online meeting.
Student Accessibility & Achievement
Open to students registered with Student Accessibilty & Achievement
The program is devoted to creating an inclusive, supportive, and transparent environment where students feel safe to explore different areas in their lives and receive support based on their individual needs. These areas include, but are not limited to: identifying and working towards short term and long term goals, transitioning to university, developing networks and skillsets, achieving academic goals with learning strategies, managing stressors, and learning about resources around campus. To apply please complete our mentee application form here.
Queer McGill
Open to 2SLGBTQIA+ McGill students
Queer McGill is a social, political, and informational support service for queer students, by queer students. We currently have online events being held through our Facebook group and we post resources to the Queer McGill Forum Facebook group regularly. We are also working on making our physical resources available to students for the fall term and building an ebook library to temporarily replace our physical library. All of this and more can be found by searching Queer McGill on Facebook.

Programs for Students in Specific Departments/Faculties

Adams Club Mentoring Circles ∆
Open to students in the Department of Earth Sciences
This program matches first year masters and PhD students in the Department of Earth Sciences with senior Master's or PhD students. The objective of this program is to answer questions, address concerns, and give advice in topics related to career-development and research. Mentors will be assigned at the beginning of the academic year. To receive more information on how to request a mentor please email us at adams-club.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca.
Art History & Communication Studies Graduate Student Peer Mentoring
Open to Students in Art History & Communication Studies
McGill Art History & Communication Studies is offering a graduate student peer mentoring program for the 2020/21 academic school year. The program pairs incoming graduate students with more experienced students to provide informal support for a smooth transition into the department. Mentors can can clarify administrative and academic processes based on their first hand experience; direct mentees towards available resources; and offer a sounding board, guidance, and friendly support. Interested students can contact Caitlin Loney (caitlin.loney [at] mcgill.ca) if they have any questions.
ChEGSS Peer Mentoring Program ∆
Open to students in Chemical Engineering
This program is about connecting new graduate chemical engineering students to their senior peers. The goal is to help students and researchers to feel welcomed to their new department and have a smooth transition to their graduate studies. Mentees are encouraged to talk about courses, research activities, professional, and social matters with their mentors. If you would like to participate, please just send us an email and will take care of the rest! chegss.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Communication Sciences and Disorders Buddy Program
Open to students in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Buddy Program connects incoming first year students with a 2nd year buddy that helps them to integrate into the program. For more information, contact: scsd [at] mcgill.ca
Doc-to-Doc
Open to students in Medical Residency Programs
Doc-to-Doc is an informal, fully confidential, service through which students in McGill's medical residency program will be placed in contact with another resident based on their specifications. Students do not need to have a specific topic in mind in order to reach out for support.
Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Society Buddy Program
Open to students in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
EBOSS is the student society for the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. It hosts a variety of student related events - including support groups and journal clubs - as well as offers a Buddy Program to incoming students. For more information, contact: president.eboss [at] mail.mcgill.ca
EMGSS Buddy Mentoring Program ∆
Open to students in Experimental Medicine
Experimental Medicine Graduate Students' Society organizes a Buddy/Mentoring Program with the goal of new students having at least one friend at McGill, outside their future lab, to contact with questions, concerns, or just to have friendly back-and-forth with.
GASP Social Support System ∆
Open to students in Psychology
The GASP Social Support System matches incoming first year MSc and PhD students with an upper-year student based on specialization (e.g., clinical vs. experimental) and research interests. The goal of this partnership is to assist the incoming student with this often stressful period and be available to answer questions as they arise. The PhD student is available to the first year student via email, phone, or video conference based on the student's preferences. Incoming students are automatically assigned a mentor and do not need to opt-in. If you would like to volunteer to mentor a first year student, please contact GASP at gasp.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca.
Medical Physics Student Council Buddy Program ∆
Open to students in Medical Physics
The Medical Physics Student Council offers a buddy program that matches MSc2 students with incoming, first year students. This offers one-to-one support for communications and information. To access a buddy, go to this website.
MEGA PhD Mentoring Program ∆

Open to students in Economics

The PhD Mentorship Program is designed for first and second year Phd students who are new to the McGill Economics Phd Program. The program is designed to match incoming or second year PhD student (mentee) with a senior student (mentor) in the beginning of each term. Throughout the term the both the new and senior student will have the opportunity to meet either face to face or online to learn about the program, and discuss any challenges that the new students might be facing. Furthermore, incoming students are also encouraged to seek out advise about classes, what it is like living in Montreal, and more. Please contact mega.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca for more details.
MMA Buddy Program
Open to students in Master of Management in Analytics
Incoming students in the Master of Management in Analytics can be matched with a buddy from the previous cohort. Buddies reach out to them via email to answer their questions about the MMA program, McGill, and Montreal. To request a buddy email mma.mgmt [at] mcgill.ca.
Nursing Peer Mentorship Program
Open to students in Nursing
The NPMP program is a resource connecting students in the Faculty of Nursing, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, who wish to be paired with an upper-year student. Mentors are paired to one mentee and have the role of supporting, discussing and collaborating with their mentees to resolve any and all issues encountered during their time at McGill through channels most convenient to the dyad (by email, phone, text, in-person meetings, etc.). For more information, contact: graduate2.nursing [at] mcgill.ca.
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Assocation Mentorship Program ∆
Open to students in Physical and Occupational Therapy
Professional Master’s students are paired with final year undergraduate and Qualifying Year students to guide them until their first clinical placement begins. They can give support and academic advice (about courses, classes, McGill Campus) or non-academic advice (apartment search, where to eat, what to do/visit, etc.). Please contact academic.spotgsa [at] mail.mcgill.ca.
Supporting Incoming Sociology Graduate Students ∆
Open to students in Sociology
This year, the McGill Graduate Sociology Students' Association (MGSSA) provided incoming graduate students with contact information of current graduate students who could answer questions about graduate studies in our department and relocating to Montreal. We also have an active Facebook group that incoming students are welcome to join where we share advice and information with each other. If you are an incoming graduate student in sociology and did not receive this information, please contact the graduate administrator in sociology (graduate.sociology [at] mcgill.ca) and request that your contact information be shared with the MGSSA executive.
Social Work Peer Mentorship
Open to students in Social Work
The McGill School of Social Work Peer Mentorship program is a student-led initiative focused on building connection and community. It connects incoming students in the Social Work program with upper-year students, who provide guidance and help students navigate their first year in a demanding program. For more information, contact: graduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca.
WIN4Science Mentorship Program
Open to female students in Biological and Biomedical departments
The Win4Science Mentoring Program aims to create a community, provide female role models as well as networking opportunities between female scientists from Biological and Biomedical departments across McGill University. Mentoring groups consist of one mentor (professors, postdocs, research associates, etc.) and 2-4 mentees (graduate students, postdocs, early investigators, etc.). Groups are usually composed of members from different departments and at different study/career stages to drive rich learning and professional development. The composition of mentoring groups changes annually at the beginning of the Fall semester so that members can connect with many mentors and mentees over the years in the program. Registration is open all year long so people can join at any time during the academic year.

Additional Programs

Graduate Peer Support ∆ PGSS will still be offering the Graduate Student Peer Support. This is an active listening program designed to best address the needs of graduate students. People seeking support will fill in an online form and be paired with a trained peer support who is also a graduate student. Once the pair is made, they will set up their own time to meet. For the Fall semester, this program will only happen virtually and for each session, PGSS will provide the pair with a Zoom meeting link. If there are questions from any students, they can contact the PGSS Peer Support Coordinator at peer-support.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca ( )
Wellness Hub Peer Support

Finding support  doesn't  need  to be a solo journey!  

From  greeting you  at  the Hub Clinic, knitting  on  the bean bags of the Healthy Living Annex,  to  facilitating workshops and creative events in person or online, Healthier McGill's Hub Peer Supporters are here to listen and help without judgment, wherever you are on your well-being journey. 

McGill Legal Clinic ∆ The Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM) is a non-profit, student-run, bilingual and free legal information service. Our mandate is to provide legal information, referrals, and community services to the McGill and Montreal communities, with a continuing commitment to meeting the needs of marginalized groups.
McGill Nightline ∆ McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental listening service run by McGill students. We aim to provide the community with non-professional support in all kinds of situations, including information, guidance during a crisis, or an empathetic space to share your experiences and emotions.
McGill Tutorial Services McGill Tutorial Service provides online tutoring for a fee, with reduced fees for Indigenous students, varsity athletes, and Mastercard Scholars.
Peer Faith Liasons The Peer Faith Liaison provides non-judgmental peer-to-peer active listening, community connections and referrals to more resources as needed.
Peer Support Centre ∆ The Peer Support Centre (PSC) is a student-run service of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). We provide free, one-on-one, confidential and non-judgmental peer support and resource referral to all McGill students and we are operating virtually as of July 2020. Our student volunteers receive over 40 hours of training, and are dedicated to providing students with a safe, empathetic and empowering space to talk and be heard.
SACOMSS ∆

The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach.

Our services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, we offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.

SSMU Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre ∆

The SSMU Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre is a peer-run support service for anyone struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating and their loved ones. Our services are free of charge, anonymous and confidential. We offer support groups, a forum where you are paired with one or two trained volunteers and correspond with them, and eventually - a chat. We also hold various events throughout the year and offer resources. Anyone who thinks they may benefit from our services is welcome!

While peer helpers are trained and skilled in helping other students, they do not replace the professional Student Services at McGill.

 


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