What is a REACH Mentor?
REACH Mentors are students with disabilities who have previously identified with CSD and have experience navigating life at UConn. Most importantly, REACH Mentors are fellow students and peers who will be able to personally relate to the experiences of their Mentees.
Being a REACH Mentor will provide the opportunity for students to assist a fellow student in their transition to UConn and CSD. REACH Mentors will have the chance to support their peers and help to create a network of support and community for students with disabilities at UConn. REACH Mentors will meet with their Mentees at least once a month, but are encouraged to keep in contact more frequently in order to best support their Mentee.
A few responsibilities that REACH Mentors have include, but are not limited to, providing information about UConn and CSD resources and offer support to students, sharing personal experiences and advice with new students, communicating with CSD staff members as needed regarding any referrals, support, and questions, and maintaining the confidentiality and trust of their Mentee.
What is a REACH Mentee?
REACH Mentees are first year, transfer, or newly registered students who are beginning their experience at UConn and with CSD. They are students who want the opportunity to build connections with a returning student and who would benefit from additional support in their transition to UConn.
Being a REACH Mentee will provide students the opportunity to connect with their peers and help foster a network of support and community for students with disabilities at UConn. Mentees will meet with their Mentors at least once a month, but are encouraged to keep in contact more frequently to make the most of their experience.
How Can Students Apply?
- Students interested in applying to become a REACH Mentor should complete the CSD REACHing Peers Mentor Application
- Students interested in applying to become a Supports Mentee should complete the CSD REACHing Peers Mentee Application
- Applications are also available in the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204)
- Once your application is completed and submitted, a CSD REACHing Peers Program representative will contact you to discuss the next steps.
- Mentors will be matched as we have requests come in from Mentees and a suitable level of compatibility is established. All will be given access to a HuskyCT course for reference and submitting brief descriptions of meetings with their new peer.
If you have any questions regarding the CSD REACHing Peers Program, please contact Anna Sehulster at firstname.lastname@example.org.