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The Peer Tutor & Mentor Summit is a professional development and community-building event for any student who serves in a peer support role such as tutors, mentors, advisors, coaches, leaders, and others across DePaul University. Each year, the Summit is a place where you can “Network. Collaborate. Learn." through a variety of Round Robin sessions (interactive mini-workshops), as well as through a keynote address and other networking opportunities.
The 2020 Summit will mark the 10th anniversary of this event and will be held on Friday, February 21. In celebration of our 10th event, this year’s theme—Spotlight on Collaboration—will embody the excitement and glamour found in popular entertainment award shows and asks participants to collaborate with their cast and crew to produce award-winning tutoring and mentoring experiences.
The Summit theme is collaboratively decided by peer educators across DePaul at the Peer Planning Party. At the Spring Quarter 2019 Peer Planning Party, tutors and mentors selected a theme related to award shows, leading to the concept of Spotlight on Collaboration.
Lights! Camera! Action! Think Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Tonys. This theme puts the spotlight on teamwork and invites Summit participants to celebrate and recognize the collaborative efforts that tutors and mentors engage in. This star-studded theme will be showcased throughout the Summit, including through Round Robin sessions.
By the end of the event, Summit participants will be able to
One of the defining features of every Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit is a series of interactive Round Robin sessions. These interactive mini-workshops reflect on aspects of our individual work as peer tutors and mentors and connect to the experience of peer educators across DePaul. The goal for each session is to engage your peers in activities and discussions that highlight a variety of mentoring and tutoring ideas, strategies, and techniques to help other peer educators reflect on their own work and see it in this larger context. We encourage you to playfully intersect with this year’s theme,
Spotlight on Collaboration, with your topic. Each session runs 15-20 minutes and will likely be repeated.
Here are some examples of how you might connect your session proposal to the theme—you are welcome to think of others, but these might help you as you plan!
Act I: Pre-production
Act II: Production
Act III: Post-production
To help with the Round Robin proposal process, we are offering multiple ways for you to seek support and feedback with developing your proposal. As any peer educator knows, two heads are better than one!
1) Attend a Round Robin Proposal Workshop
Tutors and mentors are invited to attend the scheduled workshops below for support brainstorming, drafting, or revising your proposal. These sessions include a proposal development workshop guiding you through each step of the proposal process followed by open time for individual or group feedback, drafting, and questions.
Workshops are designed to support you at any stage of your writing process, so bring whatever drafts, notes, or even just ideas that you have. The workshops are also a great opportunity to meet other peer tutors and mentors in the DePaul community before the Summit.
Workshops will be held in Lincoln Park Richardson Library, Idea Lab 2 (Room 207) during the following times:
Drop ins are welcome during the workshops. Feel free to come by at any point during the workshop and stay for as little or as long as you would like!
2) Request a Round Robin Proposal Workshop for your Program Tutor or mentor programs are invited to
request a workshop for their tutors and mentors. Facilitators will customize the workshop to the needs of the program; we are happy to work with participants on guiding you through any stage of the proposal process and/or to work on proposal brainstorming, development, or revision.
3) Schedule a Writing Center Appointment Tutors and mentors are encouraged to
schedule individual or group appointments at the Writing Center to work on their proposals at any stage of the writing process! Peer writing tutors who have successfully proposed and presented a Round Robin at past Summits are available to work with you. To schedule with an experienced tutor, filter the WQ schedule of available tutors to “Summit Proposal Support.”
Round Robin proposals are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Please submit your Round Robin proposal online via this website. The Round Robin Committee will be in touch with feedback and next steps.
Round robins are interactive 15-20 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.
A round robin session being led by peer educators in 2015.
Peer educators leading a round robin session in 2014.
Engaging round robbin sessions from 2013's Summit.
Peer educators working collaboratively during 2012's event.
Elizabeth Coughlin introduces one of the first Peer Tutor and Mentor Summits.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jen Finstrom at jfinstro [at] depaul.edu.
Food will be included so bring your good ideas and healthy appetite.
Use the hashtag #summitspotlight to share your insights and observations from the day.
We invite you to wear your red carpet best to the Summit and dazzle your peers and the paparazzi!