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7th Annual Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit

Friday, October 28, 2016 | Cortelyou Commons | 10 am - 3 pm

Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit

The Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit is a networking and community-building event for peer educators and their colleagues from across DePaul University. This year's theme, "Mentor Magic," asked participants to consider the everyday magic and possibility of peer tutoring. It follows last year’s theme, “Super Peers,” which invited attendees to explore the intersection of peer education and the superhero genre.

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2016 Video Recap

Round Robin Sessions

One of the defining features of every Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit is a series of interactive “round robin” sessions that touches on some aspect of our work as peer tutors and mentors. Peer educators at DePaul are invited to submit proposals for round robin sessions, which might even playfully intersect with this year’s theme. For example:

  • What magical power do you wish you had as a peer educator? How can you use your own non-magical powers to accomplish what pure fantasy could do alone?
  • If you could cast a spell on the peers you work with, what would that look like? What would be the intended effect? Could there be any unintended consequences?
  • A working magician employs a sleight of hand as a means of fooling her audience to believe she has achieved some feat. Do you have any sleights of hand that you use to help your peers learn?
  • If you could, with the stroke of a wand, transform your peer tutoring environment into whatever you could imagine, what would you change? What would you keep the same?
  • If you could declare a patron saint of peer education, who would it be?

Round Robin Proposal Workshops

To help you write your best round robin proposal, participate in a round robin proposal writing workshop. As any peer educator knows, two heads are better than one! Workshops will be held in the Learning Commons during the following times:
  • Friday, September 30, 1 - 2:30 pm 
  • Friday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am 
The Learning Commons is located in the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park.

Submitting a Robin Proposal 

Once you are ready to submit your round robin proposal, you can do online:

Keynote Speaker: Joyana Jacoby Dvorak

Joyana Jacoby Dvorak is a graduate of DePaul's School of Public Service Non-Profit Management program. She serves as the Coordinator for Mission Services in the Office of Mission and Values at DePaul. She is passionate about bringing to life the legacy of St. Vincent and St. Louise to respond to the world's reality here and now. Previously she worked with grassroots organizing groups and for comprehensive immigration reform. Her recent research focused on listening to the voices of the host communities who receive DePaul groups. Joyana is involved with a women’s spirituality and peacemaking group and is committed to linking faith and justice.


9:30 - 10:00 am Check-in and breakfast
10:00 - 10:20 am Welcoming remarks and trivia game
10:20 - 11:00 am Keynote
11:00 - 11:05 am Round Robin 1 set-up
11:05 am - 12:25 pm Round Robin 1
12:25 - 1:10 pm Lunch
1:10 - 1:15 pm Round Robin 2 set-up
1:15 - 2:35 pm Round Robin 2
2:35 - 2:55 pm Reflection
2:55 - 3:00 pm Closing remarks

Past Summits Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to attend the whole day?

No. The event is designed with various activities spread throughout the day to allow attendees to arrive and depart as needed.  We realize that many DePaul programs hold Friday events. Some attendees in past years have slipped out for an early afternoon meeting and returned to the Summit while barely missing a beat.​

Is the event for staff or administrators only?

​Absolutely not! While we encourage university staff members and administrators to attend, the focus of the event is on the peer tutors, advisors, and mentors at DePaul. We invite any office involved in tutoring, advising, or mentoring to encourage their student staff to attend, whether the professional staff is attending or not.​

Does it cost anything to attend?

 No. The event is free to all attendees thanks to funding provided by the Summit partners, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs.​

Will I have a chance to share information about my program?

 Yes! After all, that's what the event is for. The day is filled with opportunities for networking and information sharing, including the round robin sessions. Breakfast and lunch is also a great way to network with  tutors and mentors from other offices .  

What is a round robin session?

Round robins are interactive 20 minute "mini-workshops" similar to conference roundtable sessions. You choose a topic related to the theme and your work and facilitate participants' discussion and reflection. ​

Does my office have to prepare a round robin in order to attend?

No. While every office is encouraged to submit a proposal for a round robin session, this is not required in order to participate in the event. The day is set up to allow every office to share their experiences and ideas whether they host one of these sessions or not.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jen Finstrom at jfinstro [at] ​