Peer Mentoring Program
First-Year Barnard Students:
Are you a new Barnard student registered with CARDS? Wondering how to manage the college experience to the fullest by accessing your accommodations? Want to gain useful information from someone who has been there, done that and is thriving? Complete the Google form here and we will contact you to discuss how you can be mentored by a Junior or Senior CARDS student through your First Year at Barnard!
CARDS Peer Mentors are Barnard Junior or Senior students who are registered with our office. They have experience navigating the ups and downs of college with a disability. A CARDS Peer Mentor will connect with their mentee weekly either in person, via email, or through text. During the 2019 - 2020 academic year the Peer Mentoring Program had monthly check in/socializing meetings as well as a semester end party where we shared music, food, and crafts.
For Returning Barnard Students interested in participating:
Interested in connecting and contributing to the CARDS community? CARDS has expanded its Peer Mentoring Program to include a variety of ways to be involved in helping to support your fellow students. Take a look at the following menu of options and opportunities to participate with the program:
Peer Mentor - Upper class Barnard students registered with CARDS volunteer to virtually meet weekly 1:1 with their assigned First Year CARDS student. Mentors and mentees are matched based on similar disabilities and interests.
Peer Educator - Registered CARDS students can volunteer to share disability related information about their experiences on campus or in the world. Opportunities can include but are not limited to:
Social Media Creator: Students can create content for the CARDS Instagram account that promotes disability awareness
Archivist: CARDS students can contribute to the our newly-launched CARDS Archive Project in a variety of ways such as interviewing/being interviewed by their peers for our oral history project or creating photo, art or digital humanities projects around disability themes
Educator: Individual students can offer to host a Teach In around a specific disability theme (for example, using assistive technology) during Accessibility Week in March 2021.
Peer Assisted Study Session Supervisor - Upper class Barnard students registered with CARDS volunteer to host small group study sessions on Zoom These study sessions can be created around a given class (such as a Junior / Senior STEM major hosting a study session for First Years / Sophomore CARDS students all taking a similar BIO class) or around a given topic/task (such as a Senior CARDS student hosting bi-weekly “writing groups” for those students working on their Senior thesis).
Interested in Participating? Let us know by filling out our Peer Mentor Program Interest Form.