ACCESS Social Ecology is an innovative retention and peer mentoring program that launched in Fall 2011. This school-based program was designed to assist new students (freshman, transfer) maximize their undergraduate experience at UC Irvine. The ACCESS Social Ecology Program promotes academic excellence, leadership development, and community engagement.

The selection process is highly competitive. Between 10-15 peer mentors are selected based on demonstrated commitment to mentorship and student success, prior leadership experiences on campus and/or in the community, interpersonal skills, and strong academic record. Applications are available early spring quarter (usually Week 1). Interviews generally take place during Weeks 4 and 5.

Please note that this is a year-long commitment. If selected, you will be required to attend a mandatory two-day training in September before fall quarter starts. During the academic year, there are weekly class meetings, weekly meetings with your mentees, and quarterly one-on-ones with the program director. Generally, you should expect to commit up to 10 hours per week.

What are the benefits of being a peer mentor?
*Earn 4 units of Social Ecology 199 (letter grade) each quarter during the academic year.

*Explore educational and career goals, especially for those interested in attending graduate or professional school and/or pursuing a career in public service (i.e., education, law, social work).

*Collaborate with peers under the guidance of the program director to assist with program development, assessment, evaluation, and marketing/communications.

*Develop greater awareness of issues impacting you as a student leader and global citizen through regular in-class discussions and quarterly service-learning projects.

*Gain personal and leadership development on diverse topics such as ethical leadership, cross-cultural communication, active listening, conflict mediation, and resume writing. All training and development activities are facilitated by professional staff.

*Serve as a positive role model and assist new students with maximizing their full potential.

The 2013-2014 Peer Mentor Application can be found here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 (Week 4) to the Office of Student Services in 102 Social Ecology I.

Have questions? Please direct them to Daniel K. Park at