Peer Mentor Programs
Clark College Peer Mentor Programs provide an opportunity for students to help others
connect to Clark College and community resources, navigate the college, and work toward
academic goals. Peer mentors enjoy working with people, have a wide range of experiences
at Clark College and a willingness to share those experiences with current and prospective
Contacting Peer Mentors
Sometimes talking to a Clark College student who has been trained in assisting peers
in accessing campus resources can be helpful. Peer Mentors are Clark students who
are knowledgeable about how to maximize your success!
Peer Mentors for the 2018-2019 academic year:
Student Success Programs Peer Mentors (GHL 137)
Hi! My name is Vanessa Khachik and I'm the Student Success Peer Mentor for the 2019-2020
school year. Thanks to Running Start, I'm a senior in high school, but I'm also in
my second year of college here at Clark. I was born in Orlando, Florida, but I moved
to Vancouver in 2009. I'm working on getting my AA degree right now and plan to transfer
to a four-year institution for the next academic school year. My end goal is to become
an immigration attorney. In my spare time I volunteer at the Clark County Volunteer
Lawyers Program, spend time with my friends and family, watch Netflix, go to the gym,
and study. I'm very approachable, so if you see me around campus, feel free to say
Multicultural Student Affairs Peer Mentors (GHL 214)
Hi! I'm Rebecca Strizver and I'm thrilled to be working as an MSA Peer Mentor. This
is my second year at Clark as a full-time Running Start student working toward my
AA. I'm planning to major in Actuarial Science, a statistical branch of mathematics,
when I transfer to a four-year university. I'm also excited to serve as the Vice-President
for the Queer Penguins and Allies (QPA) student club this year. I look forward to
helping systemically non-dominant students adjust to Clark through my work as a Peer
Mentor. College can seem nerve-wracking at first, but the other Peer Mentors and I
are here to help. Please come see us in the Diversity Center with any questions you
Miguel Viveros Chavez
My name is Miguel Viveros Chavez. This is my third year at Clark. I am currently
working on getting my general associate's degree. After, I would like to transfer
to a four-year university and get my master's in teaching to teach young blind adults.
I am a Peer Mentor at the Diversity Center. Outside of Clark, I like swimming and
love meeting new people. If you see me on campus, don’t hesitate to say hello.
Transitions Peer Mentors (TBG 201)
Hello, my name is Kodi Findlay, and I am one of the Peer Mentors in the Transitional
Studies Department. I began attending Clark College in September 2017. I started with
getting my high school diploma and have now moved on to getting my AA transfer degree.
I have learned a lot here at Clark; I was able to set and achieve my goal of getting
my high school diploma and then furthering my education, but I'm not sure exactly
in what yet. The best part of being a Peer Mentor is getting to meet and learn about
new people and things here at Clark. In my spare time I am a mother of two wonderful
boys, I love cooking, baking and making dreamcatchers. If you need anything at all
please come see me in the T Building (TBG), room 201. I can't wait to meet you!
Hi! My name is Sajida Hasso, and I'm Peer Mentor in the Transitional Studies Department.
I started attending Clark College in April 2017 as a student in Fast Track One, and
English is my second language. I'm working toward my Business Administration Degree.
I learned a lot last year and was able to set goals and concentrate on my studies.
This job is very enjoyable, and the most interesting part is communicating with students
and helping them. If you need any help finding resources or information about Clark,
please feel free to contact me or visit in the T Building, room 202 (TBG 202).
Hello, all! My name is Tim and I am a Peer Mentor in the Transitional Studies Department.
I began attending Clark College while incarcerated at Larch Corrections Center in
September 2018 and continued on campus when I released in June of this year. I am
working towards my AST2 transfer degree in Computer Science and I plan to earn my
B.S. in Software Engineering at either WSU Vancouver or University of Washington.
As a person who has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to where I am now, I know how
overwhelming it can be to navigate life, school, and work successfully. So if you
need help trying to figure things out--whether it be help finding resources, directions
around campus--or if you just need someone to talk to, come see me in the T Building,
room 201. I’m here to help and more than happy to do it. In my free time I enjoy listening
to music, writing songs and poetry, spending time with my family and friends, and
trying to experience everything life has to offer. I look forward to a great year
and can’t wait to meet everyone!
About Peer Mentor Programs
Student Success Peer Mentor Program
The goal of Student Success Programs (SSP) is to support the retention, learning and
success of all Clark College students. SSP Peer Mentors assist with the Academic Standards
Policy process and the college’s early academic alert process; plan and participate
in events; participate in workshops and classroom visits to promote Student Success
Programs; and meet one-on-one with students to offer information, guidance and support.
Transitions Peer Mentor Program
The goal of the Transitions Peer Mentor Program is to support the progression, retention
and success of students enrolled in pre college-level programs and moving into college-level
courses; these programs include Career and Academic Preparation (CAP) courses, High
School 21+, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Transitions Peer Mentors
assist with the college’s early academic alert process; plan and host events; participate
in workshops and classroom visits to promote; and meet one-on-one with students to
offer information, guidance and support
Multicultural Student Affairs Peer Mentor Program
The goal of the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Peer Mentor Program is to support
the learning and retention of all Clark College students. MSA Peer Mentors create
a welcoming environment in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and
provide outreach to students who receive academic early alerts, direct students to
resources, offer support and guidance, and plan and participate in events. MSA Peer
Mentors assist in fulfilling the college’s mission to provide a safe, affirming learning
environment for students of diverse identities.
The International Peer Mentor Program
The goal of the International Peer Mentor Program is to connect new international
students with current Clark College students to help international students to Clark
College. This volunteer opportunity helps students build important intercultural leadership skills! For more
information, please vivist the International Programs Office in GHL 216 or conatct
360-992-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.