Starting for Success Peer Helper
Starting for Success is a year-long transition program for first-year students to CapU. All new students will be assigned groups based on their program and will be assigned a "Starting for Success" peer helper to lead and support them during their first year. As a peer helper, you will help Student Affairs staff and program faculty introduce incoming students to the opportunities, programs and services available at Capilano University. Peer helpers meet with their assigned students twice a month to encourage participation and foster a sense of belonging, contributing to their development and engagement with CapU.
Accessing Support: First-year students will automatically be part of the program and will be matched with a peer helper during orientation.
Contact: Remy Marlatt
Applying: The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year has ended.
Residence Advisors (RAs) live in the CapU Residence community and are responsible for fostering a safe and engaging living and learning environment for all students living in residence. Under the supervision of the residence life facilitator, residence advisors work as a team to support the needs of residence students through programming, community building, peer helping and emergency response. Residence advisors are a key part of the residence community.
Accessing Support: The residence advisor team supports students living in residence. Each community in residence has a designated residence advisor and access to the residence advisors on-call every night during the academic year from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.
Contact: Resident Life Advisor
Website: CapU Residence
Applying: Applications for the upcoming academic year and summer open in the preceding January.
Portfolio Project Peer Mentors
The Portfolio Project peer mentors assist students and faculty with the development of course- and program-based digital portfolios. Peer mentors provide drop-in support and lead in-class workshops. Our peer mentors are also project ambassadors. Every active peer mentor has a well-developed portfolio accessible on the University's portfolio site. All applicants must be experienced WordPress users with active portfolio sites. Successful candidates must be available for a two-day training session that will take place the week before the fall term begins.
Accessing Support: Students and faculty access the peer mentors in person during drop-in hours in the Learning Commons and in workshops organized by instructors and programs across campus.
Contact: Aurelea Mahood
Applying: Hiring for the 2018-2019 academic year closed May 18, 2018.
CapUWorks (CUW) is a student-led program that delivers engaging campaigns and events to promote sustainability action and awareness on campus. CUW student employees act as catalysts for change, promoting and embedding a culture of conservation and consciousness in the CapU community, both on and off campus.
Accessing Support: Email CapUWorks and emails will be directed to peers. The best way is to get involved is to volunteer and attend events!
Contact: CapUWorks or Bill Demopoulos
Applying: Typically March/April for summer and fall positions and November for January positions, when applicable and depending on funding.
Indigenous Mentorship Program
The Indigenous Mentorship Program is a peer mentorship program available to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Capilano University. Senior students are matched with new students aid in their transition to post-secondary life, succeed academically and persist until graduation.
Accessing Support: Contact the mentorship coordination, Joel Cardinal.
Applying: The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year was May 1, 2018.
CapU Career Ambassador Team (CapCAT)
The Capilano University Career Ambassador Team (CapCAT) consists volunteers who will represent the Career Development Centre (CDC). CapCAT will advocate and promote the CDC and student professional development. CapCAT's primary role is to help with career development and employer relations initiatives through outreach to students, alumni, employers and campus organizations. CapCAT will go through extensive training with and report directly to CDC staff members.
Accessing Support: Students can contact Danielle Dzioba, 604 984 4965 or drop by the CDC office at Birch Building, room BR270 for more information.
Writing Centre Peer Tutors
A limited number of positions exist for strong English students with a minimum of six units of English to work as peer tutors in the Learning Commons. After training and shadowing an instructor, peer tutors will work more independently, helping students with writing assignments.
Accessing Support: Tutors work during certain blocks in the open hours of the Learning Commons.
Contact: Writing Centre until August 15, 2018 and then Rae Nickolichuk, Writing Centre convenor
Applying: Peer tutors are nominated by English instructors, but individuals may contact the convener directly.
International Leadership and Mentorship Program
We are creating a dynamic, supportive and inclusive community where students can connect, learn, grow and lead. This program provides an opportunity for students to develop intercultural skills and experience cultural diversity firsthand.
Connect with each other, faculty and staff on campus and expand your social, professional and international network.
Learn firsthand about mentorship, new cultures, event planning, public speaking, social media, event promotion, team coordination and teamwork.
Grow as an individual, community member, learner and future professional.
Lead a team of fellow mentors or lead an event or activity towards supporting the transition of new international students to Capilano University.
Contact: Enya Ren, International Student Engagement Officer
Accessing Support: If you’re a new international student, request to get matched with a current Capilano University student (mentor) for peer-to-peer support.
Peer Support Coaches
Peer Support Coaches are returning student-athletes who serve as mentors for their first-year teammates. They share past experiences and pass along advice on how to succeed academically while balancing the demands of being a student-athlete.
Accessing Support: All student-athletes are informed as to which of their teammates are Peer Support Coaches and that they are available to meet and answer questions. This is supported by the coaches and Athletics department staff. For students who want to join a Capilano Blues varsity team, they should contact the head coach of the team they’re interested in playing for.
Contact: CJ Pentland, CapU athletics & recreation officer
Applying: August of each year