Peer Liaisons (PLs) are upper-level students at Yale College who help connect first-years to the wealth of support and programming based in the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the La Casa Latino Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, the Native American Cultural Center, the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Student Accessibility Services, and the University Chaplain’s Office. Each PL program is structured a little differently, but all are designed to help first-years feel supported and integrated into the Yale College community.
This event is an informal space to connect with the Director of LGBTQ Resources and current Peer Liaisons to learn about the role before the Application Deadline.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
- Be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors in good academic standing during both terms of the current academic year
- Possess the skills necessary to work on a team of students from varied backgrounds
- Demonstrate a good level of self-awareness, a commitment to serving others, and advocating for the needs of others
Duties and Expectations
Given the nature of the position and often unpredictable needs of First-Year students, it is impossible to anticipate all the duties that a Peer Liaison might be expected to perform, but the primary responsibilities are listed below. These duties will be explained in greater detail during Peer Liaison trainings, but if you have any concerns or reservations about your ability to fulfill these duties, be sure to contact the Peer Liaison Program Director, Dean Joliana Yee immediately. It is important to understand that any Peer Liaison who fails to fulfill any of these expectations may be subject to immediate dismissal from the program.
- Model exemplary conduct, abiding by the Undergraduate Regulations and the Community Compact
- Serve as role models to First-Year students whose experiences are often shaped by issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Serve as advisors and trusted mentors who establish a meaningful learning relationship with First-Year students
- Empower mentee(s) to be engaged, responsible, and proactive citizens at Yale
- Connect First-Year students to various resources both within the residential college, centers and across campus as appropriate
- Provide social, academic, and emotional support, in collaboration with other residential college peer leaders and in close consultation with professional and certified campus staff as needed
- Help ease First-Year students transition to life at Yale College
- Attend fully training sessions in the Spring and Fall as outlined in the Peer Liaison Contract received upon hire