Learning Community Student Fellows
Each spring, students are welcome to apply for the position of Student Fellow within each of Cabrini’s Learning Communities (LCs and LLCs).
Ensuring that an incoming first-year student has a successful Learning Community experience, the Student Fellow is responsible for connecting students with opportunities to excel in their academics, personal growth, and interpersonal relationships, in conjunction with Cabrini’s core values and mission.
It’s through this role that Student Fellows model behaviors and habits of mind of engaged students.
Student Fellows must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
Student Fellow Duties and Responsibilities
All Student Fellows:
- If applicable, reside in the residence hall during the entire academic year
- Respect the rules and regulations of the residence hall, and communicate appropriately with the RA regarding the programmatic structure of the hall
- Attend spring, summer, and fall training sessions to prepare for the role of Student Fellow
- Serve as an Orientation Leader, arriving on campus a week in advance of Orientation for Student Fellow/Orientation Leader training and participating with the LC Orientation activities.
- Act as a role model by demonstrating, on a daily basis, the behaviors and strategies of a successful college student.
- Serve as a source of information to the LC students about on- and off-campus resources and activities, and refer students appropriately. Examples of appropriate on-campus resources (Center for Student Success, Writing and Math Center, Peer Tutors, Counseling Services, Co-Op and Career Services, etc.)
- Initiate deliberate outreach with LC students through individual and/or group meetings.
- Reach out and expose first-year students to various opportunities on campus where they can observe upper class, student leaders in action.
- Take LC students to at least one on-campus event each month.
- Work with the Director of the First-Year Experience as well as the LLC Faculty through brainstorming, initiating, planning, organizing, and attending academic and co-curricular experiences (this may include weekend programming): from common readings, to field-trips, to informal on-campus and off-campus events, to activities of an educational, cultural, or recreational nature for the first-year students.
- Develop and maintain a Virtual Community via Facebook with LC Students
- Participate in assessment of the LC’s effectiveness (i.e., in Focus Groups, Reflections, Evaluations, etc.)
- Hold Weekly Office Hours
Additional responsibilities that will vary from one Student Fellow to another:
In the Classroom
College Success Seminar
- Co-facilitate, alongside a COL101 Faculty Advisor, College Success course discussions.
- Attend weekly planning and development meetings with their assigned College Success Faculty Partner in preparation of a successful implementation of the week’s curriculum.
- Meet weekly with the COL101 Faculty Advisor they are partnered with to prepare for the delivery of COL101 curriculum.
- Assist students in their identification of and reflection on individual goals resulting in a college success action plan.
- Provide periodic updates to the College Success faculty on the progress, successes, and challenges encountered by first-year students related to COL101 or other LC coursework.
- Represent the institution as a student leader at (at least) one Beginnings date during the month of June and leading students through all Beginnings activities
Other LC Coursework
- Attend class sessions as agreed upon by faculty and Peer Tutoring Coordinator.
- Attend Peer Tutoring Program orientation, staff meetings, and trainings.
- Request input and any relevant materials from the professor regarding the content of any review/study sessions prior to the scheduled session.
- Request and receive regular feedback from the instructor on the effect of tutoring on classroom performance.
- Complete sign-in sheets for all review sessions and maintain classroom coach study group spreadsheet. Log individual tutoring sessions into TutorTrac as appropriate.
- Adhere to all PTP policies outlined in the Peer Tutor Contract.
Student Fellows also work with the Director of the First-Year Experience and LC faculty through brainstorming, initiating, planning, and organizing academic and co-curricular experiences.
These could include weekend programming, common readings, field-trips, informal on-campus and off-campus events, and activities of an educational, cultural, or recreational nature.
For more information about applying to be a Student Fellow for an LC, contact:
- Richie Gebauer
Director of the First-Year Experience