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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 2021 Summit will mark the 11th anniversary of this event and will be held on Friday, February 26th. This year’s theme—A Deep Dive Into Virtual Connectivity—acknowledges the common feeling of isolation in quarantine, but similarly to a deep diver, learning how to use tools can show tutors and mentors alike that exploring the ocean is a vast and rewarding challenge!
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The Summit theme is collaboratively decided by peer educators across DePaul. Over the last few months, tutors and mentors selected a theme related to award shows, leading to the concept of A Deep Dive into Virtual Connectivity.
2020 was a whale of a year! With everything going on in the world, it can feel like you’re drowning in work, classes, anxiety, and more. This theme seeks to remind us all that we are not lost at sea. Rather, this year we invite Summit participants to celebrate and recognize the collaborative efforts that tutors and mentors engage in, especially during a year that has been so isolating. This unique and fun 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, A Deep Dive Into Virtual Connectivity, with your topic. Each session runs 15-20 minutes and will likely be repeated.
Round Robin Proposal Theme Examples
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!
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) 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.
2) 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.
Round Robin proposals are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, February 14th, 2021. Please submit your Round Robin proposal online via this website. The Round Robin Committee will be in touch with feedback and next steps.
Round Robin Proposal Form
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.
Get excited as we share sneak peeks and updates on our @dpupeersummit Instagram!
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