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CASP Peer Mentorship Programs

UC San Diego students working with younger students as peer mentors
Photo taken prior to the start of COVID-19 Pandemic. 
"The fundamental task of the mentor is a liberatory task. It is not to encourage the mentor’s
goals and aspirations and dreams to be reproduced in the mentees, the students, but to give rise to the possibility that the students become the owners of their own history.” Educators, “[sic] have to transcend their merely instructive task and to assume the ethical posture of a mentor who truly believes in the total autonomy, freedom, and development of those he or she mentors." (Freire, 1960)

CASP Peer Mentorship Programs

The CASP peer mentorship programs are offered exclusively for Chancellors Associates Scholars and gives each student an opportunity to work with CASP Peer Leaders (CPLs) and CASP Peer Mentors (CPMs) who serve as resources and support. Please note that as of Fall 2020, our CPM program will no longer be available.

  • CPLs work with a caseload of 8–12 first-year CASP students in providing support and counseling related to academic, personal, and sociocultural issues affecting their college transition. The role of the CPL is to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community among entering students and to encourage student development and identity awareness through peer mentoring meetings.

  • CPMs work with a caseload of 12–18 continuing CASP students who wish to continue receiving peer mentorship and support during their time at UCSD. The role of the CPM is to continue to foster an inclusive community and place of belonging for our students.

Why Peer Mentorships Work

Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that happens between a person who has already had, or lived through a particular experience (peer mentor), and a person who is new to that experience (the mentee). An example would be an experienced student being a peer mentor to a new student, the mentee.

Peer mentoring provides individuals who are new to an experience (in our case, being a UCSD student), the chance to learn from those who have already had some experience going through the process (you, having had more time as a UCSD student). Peer mentors may challenge the mentee with new ideas, and encourage the mentee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable, or familiar with. Most peer mentors are selected for their sensibility, confidence, social skills and reliability. (Bozeman, 2007)

Peer mentoring in education was first promoted and introduced in the 1960s by educator and theorist Paulo Freire. CASP uses peer mentorship as an additional tool for success for students so that they may have access to an additional resource to aid them in their academic achievement, personal, and student development.

Get Involved

Hiring for the 2019–2020 academic year is now closed.

If you are interested in becoming a CPL, please contact Maria Rodriguez at

2019-2020 Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program Peer Leaders

Visit our Meet the Staff page to get to know more about our CPLs and CPMs for the 2019-2020 academic year.