SOAR Peer Advisor

The application for the SOAR peer advisor position is now closed. 

Questions? Please contact peerapp@ccas.wisc.edu

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CCAS Peer Advisor Information

Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) is:

CCAS is a university-wide academic advising service and is the assigned advising unit for undecided/exploring students who seek guidance about their major plan. The office serves primarily first-year and second-year students, along with exploring transfer students.

Students from any school/college or academic path will be considered. No preference will be given to students who have or currently advise with CCAS.

CCAS Peer Advisors:

Work collaboratively with CCAS professional advisors, as well as individually, to meet with incoming students about their academic options and to help them to select and enroll in courses. In addition, Peer Advisors provide valuable campus information and model successful student behavior. Peer Advisors gain skills in problem solving and communication, are committed to helping exploring students, and possess a willingness to learn. No prior experiences necessary; training on both academic content and advising skills will be provided.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice:

At CCAS, we respect, value, and celebrate the diversity of all UW-Madison students. We strive to make every student feel welcome, safe, and included. By committing ourselves to supporting and advocating for students of all identities, we hope to help foster a healthy campus environment where students can explore academic interests, make decisions about majors and careers, and reach their full potential.

We invite, welcome, and encourage applicants from across all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, cities/states/countries of origin, and academic interests to apply.

Position Duties

Position duties:

  • Collaborate with fellow peer advisors to present enrollment information and facilitate virtual small group discussions 
  • Hold virtual drop-in advising for incoming students about their fall schedules 
  • Think critically about how students’ intersectional social identities impact their experiences at UW-Madison 
  • Contribute to day-to-day logistics of SOAR (e.g. respond to student SOAR emails) 
  • Participate in initial training, ongoing skill development, and regular check-ins throughout SOAR 
  • Bring energy, enthusiasm, and excitement consistently over the course of the summer 

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Current degree-seeking undergraduate students 
  • At least one semester in progress at time of application 
  • Continuing student status for the Fall 2021 semester 
  • Reliable technology and access to internet and UW services (such as Canvas, Zoom, and email) 
  • Reliable access to a private workspace  
  • Due to an HR policy, we can only employ students whom will be actively residing in the United States this summer 

Students eligible for hire will demonstrate an interest in developing:

  • Commitment to creating an advising environment that supports underrepresented students
  • Commitment to ongoing personal development around social identities and social justice 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and listening skills 
  • Leadership and facilitation in small groups 
  • Management of multiple and competing priorities 
  • Willingness to learn, ask questions, and seek information 
  • Ability to self-reflect and grow from feedback 

Campus Resume Resources

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