CHAMP Peer Mentors: Guiding You on Your Path to Success

Become a CHAMP Peer Mentor...!


Mission Statement
The mission of CHAMP, the CHAllenge Peer Mentoring Program, is to support, challenge, and mentor first year students during their transition at St. Thomas University (STU) and during their first year. Academic Affairs and the Department of Student Affairs collaborate to promote and support greater persistence in college, resulting in graduation. CHAMP services include:

  • Engaging students in one-on-one conversations and group events 
  • Assisting students and faculty in the UNI-101 First Year Experience classes 
  • Referring students to support services 
  • Involving and engaging students in the life of the University community 
  • Organizing special events and programs

What is CHAMP?

CHAMP is a peer mentoring program aimed specifically at supporting new first-year students at STU. When first-year students sign up for a peer mentor, they are matched with a sophomore, junior, or senior at STU. The peer mentor is like a "big brother" or "big sister" during students’ first year here at STU.

Who are the mentors?

CHAMP peer mentors are STU student leaders, representing nearly every school and college. All mentors have been academically successful and many of them are among STU’s top students. Peer mentors are involved in college sports, student organizations, and virtually every other facet of college and community life. Each mentor is enthusiastic about sharing his or her experiences with new students and helping them adjust to college life.

What are the benefits of being mentored?
Mentees benefit by having access to someone who has "been there." The peer mentors are knowledgeable about academic issues, college life, and campus resources. Their goal is to make life easier for the first-year student, so they gladly meet with students to talk about any concerns they may have, answer their questions, or just chat with them over the phone. First-year students meet regularly with their peer mentors and let them know what help they need, such as finding their way around campus, learning about the rules and regulations, getting information about an organization, or finding out about social life on campus. A peer mentor is both a friend and a resource. As part of the peer mentoring program, first-year students are invited to CHAMP activities and events where they can meet other new STU students!

CURRENT STU STUDENTS: How can I become a CHAMP Peer Mentor?

If you are a current STU student who has 30 credits completed and is interested in becoming a peer mentor, please complete the Office of Student Development’s Peer Mentor Application. Candidates must be enrolled full time, demonstrate solid interpersonal communication skills, and complete an interviewing process. The application is available as an Adobe pdf file and online form:


For more information on CHAMP, contact:

E. Toni Mountain
Associate Dean of Students
St. Thomas University
Student Center
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Phone: 304-474-6855
Fax: 305-628-6768