Peer mentorship program

In the year 2021-22 a new initiative has been launched in the master, “the Peer Mentorship Project”. The program was founded by the former students Natasha Sutherland, Mariana Monika Kortišová (Home University Valencia), and Natalia Silva Marillo (Home University Barcelona). Over the last three years, the program has been sustained successfully and is continuing this academic year of 2024-25.

The “Peer Mentorship Project” is a students’ initiative, supported by the coordination of the WOP-P master and conducted by second-year students. The main aim of the program is to provide orientation and support for incoming first-year students by their peers in the second year.

Peer mentorship can be defined as a relationship between individuals who are the same age or at the same stage in their career, in which one person has more knowledge, skills, and experience and is willing to transfer these experiences to another. Compared to traditional mentorship programs, peer mentorship provides a balanced approach as mentees perceive mentors to be on the same level as themselves but with more experience. Peer mentorship can facilitate more organic relationship development which offers greater opportunity for empathy, trust, and open communication. Mentees are more likely to disclose the challenges they are facing which enables mentors to offer greater assistance.

The program is carried out in all four universities of the consortium and is being coordinated by the Peer Mentorship Project Coordination Committee, which consists of mentorship coordinators, research coordinators, and social coordinators, present throughout from each university.

The committee of 2024-25 consists of Danaé Sifakakis, Wiktoria Pietrulewicz, Doroteja Pjevic, Sangmi Oh, Alessio Myftari, Jana Schwethelm, Sofia Murdunescu and Vassiliki Salvanou (Home University Valencia), Moritz Mosecker, Lea Marie Zangerl, Malena Otero, Jana Carcelén and María Paz Martínez (Home University Barcelona), Beth Taylor Logie, Nadiyah Afifah Niigata Ramadhani and Tringa Mehmeti (Home University Bologna), and Sofia Theodorovicz Badotti and Maria Clara da Costa Ribeiro (Home University Coimbra).

For more information, please visit the WOP-P Peer Mentorship Instagram page here and the WOP-P Peer Mentorship LinkedIn page here.