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 students.

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!

 Group Peer Mentor Photo

Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Student Success (HSC 124)

Angela Williams

awilliams@clark.edu

 360-992-2704

 

Greetings, my name is Angela, but I also go by Angel or Angie. I have been attending Clark for a while now and am enjoying every minute. I currently work on campus as a Student Success Peer Mentor and love serving fellow students. I'm working toward my Business Administration Degree. I have four quarters until I complete my degree! Not sure what I'll do with it it, but I have time to figure it out. Outside of Clark, I'm a mother of three children, ages 14, 12, and 8, who are my world and teach me something every day. In my free time (you know, between full-time mom, full-time student, and part-time worker) I like to read, hike, go on mini adventures, and watch movies and T.V.

 

Josiah "Dewey" Willard

jwillard@clark.edu

360-992-2444

Hi! My name is Josiah Willard, and I'm a Student Success Peer Mentor. Being a Peer Mentor is an amazing job, and I am very happy to connect with students and help them navigate the system at Clark College. I was raised in Vancouver my entire life, but I was born in Portland, so that will always be the place I cherish the most. I graduated from Hockinson High School in June of 2017 as a Running Start student, which was an amazing decision in my opinion. As of my 2017-18 year at Clark , I am earning my Associate in Arts degree, and I plan to transfer to Washington State University Vancouver to pursue a double major in Sociology and Public Affairs with plans to join the police force and maybe one day the FBI. In my off time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, and playing with my corgi, Harli.

 

 

Clayton Holmes

cholmes@clark.edu

360-992-2444

I was born in Portland, Oregon and have lived in Vancouver since 1993. It is fair to say that I am highly fond of the Great Nor’west. I have goals in life of being a business owner that can only be met by properly educating myself, and that brings me to Clark College and my current degree of Computer Support. I have several hobbies other than learning such as biking, walking, going on long drives, any kind of fitness, volunteering, various artistic expressions, watching movies, and my go-to anytime hobby of listening to music while relaxing. I have a passion for all kinds of foods and enjoy cooking. I am a Peer Mentor and love being able to reach out to my peers on various levels. I'm looking forward to all of the possibilities this 2017-18 academic year. Stay tuned…

 



Multicultural Student Affairs (GHL 214)

Afnan Mohamed

amohamed@clark.edu

Hi there, name is Afnan Mohamed. I am a Peer Mentor for Multicultural Students Affairs. I was born in Ethiopia and grew up speaking Oromo. I moved to Portland, Oregon and started learning how to speak English about 10 years ago. I have only been living in Vancouver for about two years, and so far I really like the people and the social environment.

As of right now, I'm earning a General Associate in Arts transfer degree. I have not decided what I want to do just yet, and hopefully by the end of the year I will be able to figure it out. I get inspired by those around me, so it definitely helps that my jobs allows me to meet new people every day. By hearing their stories I am just a step closer to achieving my goal of deciding what to major in.

Study Tip: When I study, I like to listen to older music such as artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and of course Louis Armstrong. That type of music just helps me focus on what is at hand and get the wheels in my head going. I also try to have snacks with me when I do homework, so in case I want to snack I don’t have to get up and lose my train of thought.


 

Ian Gantz

igantz-andler@clark.edu

Hi! My name is Ian Gantz and I’m a Multicultural Peer Mentor. I was born in Chile (South America) and moved to the U.S. on my freshman year of high school (five years ago). I speak Spanish, English and little bit of German. I enjoy playing basketball, listening to music and hanging out with friends. I’ve been attending Clark for a year now working on my General Associate in Arts transfer degree and I plan to get into Psychology. I spend most of my time walking through campus and I’m not hard to spot since I am 6’7”, so if you see me just say, "Hi!"

 

Michelle Meyers

mmeyers@clark.edu 

My name is Michelle Meyers and this is my second year as a Multicultural Peer Mentor at Clark College. I am earning my General Associate in Arts degree and it has been challenging because of math. I am very privileged to have this job and to earn money so I can go on my awesome church retreats! I also love to help people and to help plan events, so I have been honored to be a part of this community which feels like family to me. Recently, I finished my Women Studies Certificate and everything required for the General AA except the rest of the math courses. I'm also working on a certificate in child care to help me obtain a job. I am very active in my church, my faith is my entire life and my ultimate desire is to become a nun or a sister; discerning which religious community to join is a long and hard process. The reason I want to be a sister, is because things break, things fade, people come and go, and they don’t always meet expectations. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do with my life in general and the most fulfilling thing to me is the love of Jesus! It has been my privilege and honor to serve as a Peer Mentor and have the work experience. I am so thankful for this opportunity!

 



Transitions (TBG 201)

Patricia Bivens

pbivens@clark.edu

360-992-2803

 

Shalana Marshall

 smarshall@clark.edu

360-992-2752

Hello there! I am a second-year Peer Mentor in the Transitional Studies Department. I have been at Clark College for a little over two years now. The first year I was in the High School 21 program, having returned to school from a 20-year gap in my education. At first, I was very scared and unsure, but soon learned how great Clark is and how wonderful the people are here. After graduation in 2016, I started my Associate in Arts in Administrative Assistance, and since then have changed my major to Business Administration with a Certificate in Proficiency in Small Business Management.

If I had to give students just one piece of advice, it would be this: "Never be too scared to start anew; we all have the power to achieve whatever we want in our lives." If you need any help finding resources or information about Clark. please feel free to contct me or visit in the T Builiding, room 201.

Good luck with your studies and aim for the stars!

 

 

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 outreach to students who receive Academic Early Warning alerts and those affected by the Academic Standards Policy, and they also promote SSP services through workshops, classrooms visits, and college and department events. Peer Mentors in this role are encouraged to meet with students one-on-one to offer support, advice and resources.

Transitions Peer Mentor Program

The goal of the Transitions Peer Mentor Program is to support the success of Transitional Studies Students. They focus on students engaged in High School 21+, English as a Second Language, GED, and students transitioning into I-BEST and first quarter college-level classes. Transitional Studies Peer Mentors perform outreach to students who receive Academic Early Warning alerts, and participate in department and college events to share their knowledge of campus and community resources with others.

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. They help to create a welcoming environment in the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) while providing outreach to students who receive Academic Early Warning alerts, directing students to resources, offering support and guidance, and participating in department and college events. MSA Peer Mentors assist in fulfilling the college's mission to provide a safe 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 to build important intercultural leadership skills! For more information, please see the Office of International Programs in GHL 216.