Undergraduate 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 studentlife [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 Undergraduate 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 currently open 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 virtual transition to McGill, International Student Services (ISS) and 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 newly launched 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!
Black Students' Network Peer Mentorship Program ∆
Open to incoming Black students
Our Peer Mentorship Program aims to provide guidance to incoming Black students by pairing them with older students who are a part of our network. The support we provide in this program pertains to how to navigate and access resources on campus, and allows older students to share their general experiences with incoming ones. Applications for this program will be released early in the Fall semester on our Facebook page. To show interest in this program you can also email education.bsn [at] gmail.com.
COMunity 
Open to off-campus and commuter students
COMunity is a program that strives to create a sense of support and belonging for off-campus and commuter students by: 1) Planning and implementing a series of fun events, now taking place virtually, throughout the academic year, in collaboration with various clubs and student services on-campus. 2) Connecting off-campus and commuter students with online and on-campus resources and support, as well as helping commuter students get involved on-campus. 3) Hosting a weekly chill zone called COMon Ground (now online) where commuters can connect with other off-campus students. 4) Running our Junior Connectors program where first year students can get involved and help us at COMunity plan events. Recruitment for this year will be taking place online. You can check-out our website here for more information on Junior Connector recruitment and when our online events will be taking place in the Fall 2020 semester.
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 Chinese Students and Scholars Association ∆
Open to Chinese students
This Buddy Program is one activity that CSSA offers to help newly admitted students better and quickly adapt to the stressful yet exciting university life, through partnering them up with senior McGill students. Each participating new student is assigned a "Mentor" who is either from the same major or hometown as the new student, and the Mentor's job is then to help the new student get familiar with the academic tools and resources available at McGill, as well as answering some more personal and specific questions.
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 in this time of COVID. 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.
Muslim Students' Association (MSA) Mentorship Program ∆
Open to Muslim students
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) Mentorship Program provides virtual peer support for lower year undergraduate students at McGill. New students will be paired up with students from upper years to help support them with the transition to university. You can join the MSA Mentorship Program by emailing social [at] msamcgill.com or by reaching out to them on their Facebook page.
Office for Students with Disabilities Peer-to-Peer Support
Open to students registered with OSD
The program aims to ease the transition to university life for students with disabilities by supporting them in building their own networks and skillsets. Mentors and mentees meet on a continual basis and have the opportunity to talk about: learning skills and strategies, campus resources, academic interests and making connections - all while facilitating access and promoting an inclusive university environment. Any student registered with the OSD is welcome to apply by filing out 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

Anatomy and Cell Biology Buddy Program ∆
Open to students in the Anatomy and Cell Biology
In the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, the McGill Anatomy and Cell Biology Student Society is implementing a buddy system that will match incoming U1s with upper year Anatomy students in the department, regardless of their location. To be matched, students can fill in a google form, which will be made available on all our social media platforms and sent out to all incoming students via email. The buddy system will serve to ease the transition of U1s into the ACB program. The U2/U3 mentors can provide the incoming students with course selection advice, assistance in courses, or support in general as needed. The overall goal of this program is to create a more welcoming environment that fosters learning and creativity. For more information contact macss.mcgill [at] gmail.com
L'Association Générale des Étudiants de Langue et Littérature Françaises - Programme de Mentorat de L'AGELF ∆
Open to students in the Département des littératures de langue françaises, de traduction, et de création
Une nouveauté de cette année, ce programme informel vise à aider les étudiant.e.s à se familiariser avec les diverses plateformes, associations et particularités McGilloises. Quelques étudiantes du DLTC se sont portées volontaires pour vous servir de personne-ressource. agelf.dltc [at] mcgill.ca (N'hésitez pas à les contacter), elles sont là pour vous! 
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Society of Undergraduates at McGill Peer Mentor Buddy Program
Open to students in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies
In the fall, AOSSUM organizes a peer mentorship program within the department. This program pairs undergraduate students (mentees) with U3+ or graduate students (mentors) who share similar research and life interests. For more information contact: aossum [at] susmcgill.ca
Arts Student Advising Program (ASAP)
Open to students in the Faculty of Arts
The Arts Student Advising Program currently offers online peer support with a team of trained Arts students. The ASAPs are led by an adviser intern (a graduate student) and the team is supervised by a Faculty adviser from Arts OASIS. The role of the ASAP team is to advise students about the academic, campus, and faculty resources of university life. Chat online with ASAPs from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when available. 
 AUS Writing Centre ∆
Open to students in the Faculty of Arts
The AUS Essay Centre provides free essay writing assistance from qualified tutors during the Fall and Winter academic semesters. Tutors help students with everything from structure and style to grammar and citation assistance. Students can fill out a Google Form to get matched with a tutor who can edit their essay remotely.
Bioengineering Undergraduate Student Society Mentorship Program ∆
Open to Students in Bioengineering
The BUSS Mentorship Program matches incoming students in the Department of Bioengineering with upper year upper year students to act as mentors as they enter McGill! New students will be able to go to their mentors for any questions and advice as they being their time in university. There will also be mentor-mentee socials for students to get to know other mentors and to meet fellow incoming students.To obtain a mentor, fill out this google form. You can also email us with any questions at buss.president [at] mcgilleus.ca.
BUMP: Biochemistry Undergraduate Mentoring Program ∆
Open to students in Biochemistry
The Biochemistry Undergraduate Mentoring Program pairs students in U1 and U2 with a U3 student who serves as a mentor throughout the year. Keen U2s also have the option to mentor a U1. The BUMP program encourages both 1-on-1 contact and hosts several low-key group events all year round to promote mentor-mentee communication and bonding. Past activities have included movie nights, coffee “dates”, study sessions, and dinner outings. To sign up as a mentor or mentee please email: bugs.daa [at] gmail.com
Biology Student Union Mentorship Program
Open to students in Biology
The MBSU mentorship program matches U0 and U1 students with U2, U3 or U4 students for advice and guidance on study strategies, social advise and extra-curricular involvement in the department. For more information, email: //thembsu [at] gmail.com">thembsu [at] gmail.com.
CSUS Help Desk ∆
Open to students in Computer Science
The CSUS Help Desk runs free, peer-to-peer tutoring service that is run by the Computer Science Undergraduate Society, and is comprised of undergraduate students in the faculty of Computer Science at McGill University.
Computer Science Undergraduate Society Peer Mentorship Program 
Open to students in Computer Science
The Computer Science Undergraduate Society Peer Mentorship Program is an initiative to aid students interested in any computer science program at McGill. Interested students in any year of study are paired with upper year students or recent graduates in their program to get advice on courses, extracurriculars, and any other resources relevant to computer science!
ECSplore First Year Peer Mentorship Program ∆
Open to students in Electrical, Computer, Software Engineering
The ECSplore Peer Mentorship program is back this summer! This program helps welcome incoming Electrical, Computer, Software Engineering students by pairing them with returning students who can answer their questions. As a mentee, you will learn about experiences of an upper year students regarding the academics, social life, residences, involvement opportunities and many other ins and outs of being an ECSE student at McGill. If you are an incoming first year ECSE student and interested in being a mentee, please sign up using this form.
Engineering Peer Tutoring Service 
Open to students in Engineering
The Engineering Peer Tutoring Service is a free tutoring service for U0 and U1 engineering students sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering. Tutorial office hours are held on a weekly basis in the McGill Engineering Student Centre on the ground floor of the Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 6B. EPTS tutors can answer some of the most challenging questions and help give students what they need to obtain results in their respective field of study. EPTS also offers direct contact with an upper-year student who has already been through the program!
Geography Mentorship Program ∆

Open to students in Geography

The McGill Geography Mentorship Program offers support and mentorship to undergraduate students planning their next steps in the work force or in graduate school by pairing them with a diverse group of graduate students with previous work or academic experiences. The program helps bridge the gap between the two groups, making graduate students more approachable and available to undergraduates. For more information, contact geogmentorprogram [at] gmail.com
Mathematics and Statistics Peer Mentor Buddy Program ∆

Open to students in Mathematics and Statistics

The Mathematics and Statistics Peer Mentor Buddy Program pairs together new students (U0/U1) with older students (U2/U3) for a year-long mentorship. The program offers support and advice on adjusting to life in Montreal and McGill, guidance about departmental resources, and a social connection with others in similar degree programs. Also, a buddy social is hosted once a semester for all the buddies, mentees, and faculty to socialize. For more information, contact olivia.sanalitro [at] mcgill.ca.
MECH Mentorship Program ∆
Open to students in Mechanical Engineering
MECH Mentorship pairs an upper-year mechanical engineering student with an incoming mechanical engineering student. The program also holds events in which mentors and mentees are encouraged to participate together to strengthen MECH's community on a social level. To apply, please fill out this form.
Nursing Peer Mentorship Program (NPMP) 
Open to students in Nursing
The Nursing Peer Mentorship Program's objective is to pair mentees with mentors in hopes of decreasing anxiety levels related to our Professional program in university. Networking and support amongst Nurses is key for long term purposes.
Physics Mentorship Program (Undergraduate Mentor) ∆
Open to students in Physics

The McGill Society of Physics Students runs a Mentorship Program which pairs U1 students (mentees) with upper year students (mentors) who share similar research and life interests. Mentees receive support on classes, research, and general student life. Students interested in participating as a mentor or mentee can contact us at msps.physics [at] mcgill.ca.

Physics Mentorship Program (Graduate Mentor) ∆
Open to students in Physics

The program pairs undergraduate students (mentees) with graduate students or post-docs (mentors) who share similar research and life interests. Mentees can ask questions about grad school, research, and more. Students interested in participating as a mentor or mentee can contact us at msps.physics [at] mcgill.ca

Political Science Students' Association Mentorship Program
Open to students in Physics
The PSSA Mentorship Program at McGill is a useful way for Political Science undergraduates to acquire valuable advice from upper year and Grad program students. The program matches U0 and U1 students with U2+ mentors, and U2+ students with upper year and Grad mentors. The Mentorship Program is aimed at providing students with the necessary support systems to enhance their experiences in the McGill Political Science program and beyond! For more information, contact: internal.pssamcgill [at] gmail.com.
Science Undergraduate Society Buddy Program
Open to students in the Faculty of Science
The SUS Buddy Program provides students entering their first year in Science at McGill (U0 or U1) with a means to connect with other first years, as well as orient themselves around campus and university life. The program matches upper-year students (Buddies) to a small group of first-years with whom they can schedule hangouts to get to know each other and be a source of social support. 
SUS Peer Tutoring ∆
Open to students in the Faculty of Science
SUS Peer Tutoring is a 100% free, volunteer-based tutoring service. This program relies on peer volunteers who achieved at least an A- in the course they are tutoring. In addition to matching tutor and tutee, we also organize help desks and review sessions. All you need to do is fill out a quick form and you'll be matched up as soon as possible! Please follow our Facebook page to stay tuned to all our activities: www.facebook.com/suspeertutoring/, or email us at suspeertutors [at] gmail.com.
Synapse Program ∆
Open to students Physiology
Each year, PULS pairs each U1 student with a U3 mentor within the Physiology Department. ​U1 mentees can reach out to their mentor to discuss course selection, programs within the Physiology department, research, career opportunities after graduation, etc. PULS also organizes 1-2 Synapse Events per year to allow mentors and mentees to get to know each other in-person. U1 students will be notified via their McGill email address, but can also contact PULS via ​pulsmcgill [at] gmail.com​ for pairing.

Additional Programs

Healthier McGill Healthier McGill is offering online virtual connections during the summer and Fall 2020, including the Summer Virtual Collective series on a variety of health and well-being topics. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
McGill Legal Clinic ∆ LICM is providing online legal information to students during pandemic, as well as community webinars (on request), and access to a Commissioner of Oaths.
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.
tutoring.service [at] mcgill.ca (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 are moving our operations online and are going to be offering virtual support groups, a forum where you will be paired with one or two trained volunteers and correspond with them, and eventually - a chat. We are also going to be holding 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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