Become a 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 sophomore, junior and senior 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.


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
  • Remain 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

Working Teams

In addition to mentoring students, OIIL Peer Leaders will be on one of three working teams. Facilitator Team, Media/Communication Team and the Program Coordination Team. The following is a summary of each team’s responsibilities.

Facilitator Team: This team will be responsible for planning and facilitating dialogue on campus. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • OIIL Talk - planning and facilitation
  • #Carltalk: Diversity - planning, presenting and facilitation during NSW

Media/Communications Team: This team will be responsible for keeping OIIL and programming visible and accessible to the Carleton community:

  • OIIL Events Photographer
  • Coordinate/edit the OIIL Newsletter each Term
  • OIIL Social Media- facebook/twitter/Instagram, etc.
  • Create and distribute flyers/banners for events

Program Coordination Team: This team will plan events that are both educational and social that address the needs in the community as well as providing events that celebrate the diverse richness of the community:

  • Coordinate Academic Programs for Mentees
  • Coordinate Social Programs for Mentees
  • Coordinate International Education Week
  • Coordinate International Festival

Required Events

All OPL’s will take some role in the following:

  • International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • New Student Week (NSW)
  • Block Party
  • OIIL Student Retreat
  • OIIL Talk Preparation/Takedown

There will be multiple events that OPLs will be required to attend. The events will change each term and at the beginning of each term you will get a list. The following is an initial list of required events and dates that are already scheduled:

  • Spring OPL Orientation- May 12, 2017- 6:00- 7:30 pm
  • Spring Peer Leader Orientation- May 16, 2017- 7:00- 8:30 pm
  • Early Arrival date- Sunday, Aug 27, 2017
  • Begin training- Monday, Aug 28, 2017
  • ISO- Thursday, Aug 31- Tues. Sept. 5, 2017
  • Peer Leader Training/Conference- Friday, Sept 1 and Mon. Sept. 4, 2017
  • OIll Block Party- Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
  • OIIL Student Retreat- Friday, Sept. 22- Sunday, 24, 2017
  • Peer Leader Winter Training- Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

OIIL Office Assistant position

Different from the OPL mentoring role, this role does not require you to be on campus all three terms and does not have the mentoring piece.

  • Living in Stimson as House Manager
  • Early arrival to help with ISO and NSW
  • Hold weekly office hours in OIIL during the Term

OIIL Peer Leader Application