Become a Peer Mentor!

Peer mentoring
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Needed, enthusiastic, friendly, upper-year undergrad students!

Digital Screen: 

Become a Peer Mentor!

Are you an OCAD U undergrad going into second-, third, fourth- or upper-year in September 2018?

Call for Nominations: PEER MENTOR AWARDS

Supported by OCAD U First Generation​ Program

BIG Launch 2019: Student Mentor Program

BIG Launch small graphic 2018
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

BIG Launch kicks off Student Mentor Program recruitment for 2019/2020! Are you an undergrad student going into second-, third, fourth- or upper-year next September? Become a Peer Mentor!

Stop by for cake! Pizza! Snacks! Ask questions! Find out how to help build a stronger community at OCAD U and gain valuable experience! Be one of the first 20 students to visit BIG Launch, sign up in-person, and receive a complimentary $5 coffee card!

Wednesday, January 23
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Main lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Become* a volunteer Peer Mentor by January 23 (11:59 p.m.) and you will be entered for a chance to win one of these amazing PRIZES!** (Prizes subject to change. Watch for updates)

> Prizes TBA
> A $25 gift card courtesy of Longo's
> One of two $25 gift cards courtesy of Above Ground Art Supplies
> A Broken Pencil Prize Pack
> One of two sets of double passes, "Total ROM Experience" (Royal Ontario Museum)
> Student Membership, The Power Plant

*Read eligibility criteria. Find out what's involved and what's in it for you:

**Prize recipients must follow through on all 2019 Peer Mentor commitments or their prize is forfeit.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us ( prior to January 19 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
416 977 6000, Ext 275
BIG Launch graphic 2018

Be a Peer Mentor: 2016/2017

Group of students
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:45pm

Are you a current OCAD University undergraduate student who will be continuing your studies at OCAD U in 2016/2017 as a second-, third-, fourth- or upper-year student? Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, assisting first-year undergrad students with their transition to OCAD U next year? Recruitment has begun! Be a Peer Mentor! Find out more and sign up today!

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 1, 51 McCaul Street
416 977 6000 Ext. 275

Call for Nominations: Peer Mentor Awards 2016

Image of group of students
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:45pm to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00pm

All Peer Mentors in the 2015/2016 OCAD U Student Mentor Program are eligible to be nominated for ONE of TWO awards (valued at $500.00 each). We are now accepting nominations from all members of the ‪#OCAD U‬ community who have experienced or are aware of a Peer Mentor’s outstanding contributions supporting new and first-year students and helping build community, while adhering to the mandate of the program.

For more information, criteria and nomination forms, visit Student Leadership Awards online:

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 1, 51 McCaul Street
416 977 6000 Ext. 275

OCAD U student leaders celebrated at awards dinner

Recipients of Student awards
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Students were recognized for their outstanding leadership contributions to the OCAD U community on March 11, 2015 at a dinner at the Beverly Hotel.

Quentin Barbatunde Vercetty Lindsay received the Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for his leadership in many student activities including organizing cultural events and establishing the ONYX Society (an organization that supported the art and the culture of black students on campus). Quentin has also organized literary and poetry activities and has given spoken word workshops. Quentin’s latest project was the Afrofuturism show in February.

The Peer Mentor Awards acknowledge participants who have made outstanding contributions to the Peer Mentor Program while demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity while providing helpful advice and support to first-year mentees. This year’s recipients are:

  • Amrita Panesar
  • Claire Tatangelo
  • Dimitry Galamiyev

Others were recognized for their work as peer mentors for three years or more:

  • Aishwarya Babu
  • Arielle Bourette-Klein
  • Lisa Frost
  • Loren Harssar
  • Renee Stephens
  • Vinh Le

The event was made possible by First-Year Initiatives; Office of the President; Financial Aid & Awards; Student Union and Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students.

Students who wish to become peer mentors can visit for the new online application form.

Pictured L-R: Dimitry Galamiyev, Vinh Le, President Sara Diamond, Claire Tatangelo, Lisa Frost, Quentin Barbatunde Vercetty Lindsay, Amrita Panesar.

Campus Life in the Lobby

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Yes, it's OCAD U's new Fall Reading Week... but if you're around, stop and visit us...

... in the main lobby!

Find out about Campus Life programming, including:

Fitness & Well-being (yoga and intramural)
Student-run groups

How to become a Peer Mentor

And if you are a fourth-year student...
Learn about our Career Mentoring Program.

Sign up to be a CAREER MENTEE on October 15 and be entered into a draw to win a pair of 2014 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Screening 4-Packs!

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario