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9th Annual Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit

Friday, October 26, 2018 | Cortelyou Commons | 9:30 am - 3 pm

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The Peer Tutor and Mentor Summit is a networking and community-building event for peer educators and and their colleagues from across DePaul University. This year’s theme—Piloting Your Peer Journey—asks participants to collaborate with their co-pilots and passengers to coordinate the controls on the journey of tutoring and mentoring.


Round Robin Sessions

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, Piloting Your Peer Journey, with your topic. Each session runs 15-20 minutes and will be repeated 2-4 times.

Peer educators at DePaul are invited to submit proposals for round robin sessions, which we encourage you to playfully intersect with this year’s theme. For example, here are a few brainstorming possibilities:

Preparing for Take Off

  • Pilots fly with a destination in mind. It's important for them to follow the map to get there. How can we create a roadmap for tutoring and mentoring, whether that's an agenda for an appointment or the determination of a goal or destination?
  • Before going on a trip, it's important to make a packing list! That way you won't forget anything important. If you were to make a checklist for tutoring and mentoring, what would be on your list? What are some important items you always remember, either physical or mental?
  • Before we get on the plane we all have to go through airport security. How can we best prepare to interact with mentees and tutees and any struggles that might arise?
  • Pilots rely on tools such as radio, radar, and GPS to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely and on-time. What tools do you use in your work as a DePaul peer pilot?
  • Air traffic control offers pilots guidance and instructions for maneuvering their planes through crowded airspace. If you work as an air traffic controller in your peer mentoring or tutoring space- supporting the mentors/tutors- how do you offer guidance and instruction that pilots will listen and respond to?
  • As peer tutors and mentors, it can be easy to become stuck on autopilot. What strategies do you employ to gain control of the wheel and how might you help your peers to learn these strategies?
  • Sometimes things don't go as planned- passenger gets sick, thunderstorms develop over the destination's airport- and pilots must divert their aircraft and land at another airport unexpectedly. What do you do in your work as a DePaul peer pilot when things don't go as planned?
Landing and Deplaning
  •  Planes can take us to all different parts of the world! As tutors and mentors, we often work with students from all different parts of the world as well. What are some ways we can make sure everyone feels welcome?
  • Traveling around the world is exhausting and we're often left with jet lag. Similarly, tutors and mentors may experience burnout. How can we prevent burnout and keep everyone energized for the journey?
For more suggestions and tips for creating your proposal, view this Round Robin Tip Sheet.pdf.

Round Robin Proposal Workshops

To help you with the round robin proposal writing process, we invite you to participate in a round robin proposal writing workshop. As any peer educator knows, two heads are better than one! It’s also a great opportunity to brainstorm your proposal and make friends in DePaul’s peer tutor and mentor community before the Summit. Workshops are designed to support you at any stage of your writing process, so bring whatever draft, notes, or even just the ideas you have.

Workshops will be held in the Learning Commons during the following times:

  • Friday, September 28, 10 am - 12 pm 
  • Friday, October 5, 1 pm - 3 pm
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 wold like! The Learning Commons is located in Room 111 of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park.

Submitting a Robin Proposal 

Round robin proposals are due byMonday, October 15th. Once you are ready to submit your round robin proposal, you can do so online via this website. 

Propose Session

Keynote Speaker: Jan Costenbader

Jan came to DePaul from California State University, Chico in November of 2010. There, he taught Mathematics and developed an online hybrid Mathematics course for General Education Mathematics. He also assisted faculty in course design as an instructional designer. Currently, he provides instructional design consultation to the College of Science and Health, the Quantitative Reasoning program and several departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. In addition, he teaches fully online developmental Mathematics and blended Quantitative Reasoning courses.

In addition to his work at DePaul, Jan loves woodworking and storytelling. In fact, you can watch him tell a couple of his stories below from the Chicago MOTH StorySlam:

Draft Agenda

9:30 - 10:00 am Check-in and breakfast
10:00 - 10:05 am Welcoming remarks
10:05 - 11:05 am Keynote
11:05 - 11:10 am Round Robin 1 Set-up
11:10 am - 12:30 pm Round Robin 1
12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 1:20 pm Round Robin 2 Set-up
1:20 - 2:40 pm Round Robin 2
2:40 - 2:55 pm Reflection
2:55 - 3:00 pm Closing remarks

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.

Past Summits

2016 Video Recap

Photo Gallery


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