Become a Peer Leader

Office of Intercultural & International Life


OIIL Peer Leader




OIIL Peer Leader Statement of Purpose:  The purpose of the OIIL Peer Leader Program is to enhance the retention of domestic students of color and international students by mentoring first-year students and encouraging their academic, social, and cultural development. OIIL Peer Leaders foster cross-cultural dialogue in the service of greater awareness, empathy, mutual respect, acceptance, and recognition. 


Rising first-year, sophomore, and junior students interested in working with first-year students are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required:

• To be in good academic standing

• To be on-campus the entire academic year

• To be active in the Carleton Community

• To not be committed to other paid positions or research fellowships during the academic year

The OIIL Peer Leader position is a ten-hour a week commitment for three terms (fall, winter, and spring).  OIIL Peer Leaders are required to adhere to the job responsibilities listed in the position description. Selected OIIL Peer Leaders will have the opportunity to live in Stimson House.  

IMPORTANT: OIIL Peer Leaders are required to return to campus on Monday, August 27th, 2017 to begin training.   


OIIL Peer Leaders are student leaders who represent the OIIL community. As effective role models, OIIL Peer Leaders also guide first-year students (mentees) as they experience living, growing, and succeeding in a community that celebrates diversity and individual differences.  You are also expected to have fun!

Provide Support, Advice, and Referral to Mentees

• Recognize, accept, and demonstrate a personal interest in each mentee

• Provide programs that introduce college resources to first-year students

• Have knowledge of campus resources and refer students accordingly

• Provide open and honest dialogue regarding student life at Carleton

• Consult with students on academic rules and regulations and on academic adjustment skills

• Be actively involved in the academic decisions mentees make by providing information about academic regulations and policies such as S/CR/NC, late drops, the Academic Standing Committee, etc.

• Become familiar with the personal/scholastic background and future educational and career plans of your mentees

• Assist in the cultural development of each mentee as needed or requested

• Help mentees recognize problem areas and then provide guidance toward resolution

• Work with other departments (ASC, GSC, Student Health and Counseling, Career Center, Off-Campus Studies, Dean of Students, etc.) and educate mentee of services offered through these offices

Work with the Intercultural & International Community

• Be involved in the activities of OIIL

• Connect and introduce students to OIIL affiliated student organizations

• Keep informed of the needs and concerns of students of color and international students

• Sponsor or co-sponsor events, workshops, and activities

• Demonstrate an appreciation of all people by working effectively with students of different

racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds

• Connect mentees to the Office of Intercultural & International Life and its programs

Acquire Cultural Competence

• Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication

• Maintain a commitment to educate and sensitize oneself to diversity issues

Administrative Duties

• Participate in weekly individual supervision with your OIIL Supervisor and report

• Be present at weekly group meetings

• Initiate contacts and coordinate programs with designated student support offices as assigned

• Attend required OIIL programs/events

• Attend events sponsored by the Office of Intercultural & International Life

• Attend mandatory training sessions

In addition to mentoring students, OIIL Peer Leaders will have other responsibilities to support OIIL in multiple ways.  With the support of the OIIL staff and other key personnel at the college, OIIL Peer Leaders will provide a range of programs and activities included but not limited to: 

  • Chili Night Facilitator
  • Facilitating programs in residential halls
  • Chili Night Food Preparation
  • Chili Night Preparation/Takedown
  • OIIL Events Photographer
  • Academic Program Planner for Mentees
  • Social Program Planner for Mentees
  • Stimson House Manager
  • Contribute to Spectrum Newsletter
  • OIIL Social Media


Application Deadline: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

For students going off-campus spring term: Monday, February 20th, 2017