Mentors assist themselves by helping others.
, left, and undergraduate Kameron Joyner.
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As Kameron Joyner learnt how to navigate his method around the 1.2 million volumes and 300+ databases at University Libraries, he found the path to his future success.
“I am now an entirely different individual than I was freshman year,” says Joyner, a senior at Lee Company School and a fourth-year participant in the Stuart and Plants Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coach program at University Libraries. “I used to be introverted and had no idea where I was going. Now, I’m more positive and feel prepared to go out into the world.”
Joyner could be a case study in how the Mason Undergraduate Peer Research study Coach program lifts up at-risk students by constructing their skill sets and engaging them as educators. Peer coaches are mentored by libraries staff so that they have the proficiency to assist other students access and evaluate details.
The program was begun in 2006 by Plants and Stuart Mason to supply an opportunity for students to find out a variety of academic and life skills, including project management, networking, research study, and providing.
“I see the peer coach program as an instrument through which trainees can shape their whole lives,” says Flora Mason, a UNLV alumna, previous member of UNLV’s English faculty, and a founding member of the Libraries’ Board Of Advisers. “When I think about the program’s future, I think of how its impacts will sustain.”
Plants and her late partner Stuart moved to Las Vegas in 1965, and always shared a belief in the worth of the educational role of libraries to make a distinction in students’ lives for generations to come.
“The lessons I’m learning will constantly apply,” Joyner affirms. “I have actually found out ways to be an important thinker. I have actually developed relationships with students from various cultures and backgrounds. I’ve had a full college experience that will constantly matter.”
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