CSA Peer Advisers are outstanding juniors and seniors from Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science who work during the New Student Orientation Program and throughout the academic year to supplement the services offered by CSA. This exciting program was created in response to student demand/feedback from CSA’s 2011 assessment and is a terrific expansion of the services available to students.
What will Peer Advising achieve?
Peer Advising supplements the services offered by the Center for Student Advising. Peer Advisers offer social, academic, and emotional support and help students navigate and connect with resources at Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Peer Advising enhances the student experience, builds community within the student body, and creates opportunities for leadership.
Why Peer Advising?
Peer Advisers provide a first-hand account of Core and course requirements, major options, and extracurricular activities. Some students feel more comfortable meeting with a fellow student than with an adult, and thus the Peer Advisers can help build a bridge to advising and resources at Columbia. They offer additional hours of availability, both in person and via online chat.
The Peer Adviser team
Peer Advisers supplement the professional advising offered by the advisers in the CSA and come from across all programs and majors to advise across disciplines. They are in good disciplinary and academic standing and were carefully selected for their leadership capacity, maturity, and academic excellence. They have demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students and administrators, and the capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality. Peer advisers assisted the CSA advisers during NSOP and will continue to be involved through email, online chats, publicizing CSA-sponsored events, and social media outreach.