OAAA Peer Advisors
Nationally recognized for “exemplary practice in achieving campus diversity,” the Peer Advisor Program was established by the University of Virginia’s Office of African-American Affairs in 1984. It assists Black first-year and entering transfer students with their college transition by providing personalized, sensitive support and counseling. In addition, the program offers a wide range of activities from orientation to workshops and seminars to academic recognitions.
How Does the Program Work?
The Office of African-American Affairs assigns each entering Black student an upperclassman, a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister,” who serves as a resource throughout the academic year. The pairings are based on academic and extracurricular interests. For example, engineering students are matched with engineering Peer Advisors, architecture with architecture, etc. Peer Advisors meet with students individually and plan group activities to help ease academic and social transitions.