What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors serve to support and encourage student success, specifically new and first or second year students. Peer Mentors help students throughout the academic year through one-on-one and group meetings. Peer Mentors will be a knowledgeable guide for students, someone who can provide access to ideas, study tips, resources and ultimately a role model and advocate!

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Responsibilities of a Peer Mentor

  • Serve as an enthusiastic, positive role model and resource to help students succeed.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance for students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging).
  • Plan / attend various events for students such as career exploration, skills training, and study tips.
  • Help facilitate and encourage student attendance to the above referenced events.

Meet your Peer Mentors for 2021-2022


Kelsey Harrell
Kelsey is a senior, double majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in theatre arts. She started working at The Daily Iowan on the first day of her freshman year and is entering her fourth year working for the newspaper. She previously spent two years as a news reporter covering higher education, adding digital producer to her job responsibilities her sophomore year. She's now beginning her second year serving as the DI's managing digital editor. The summer after her freshman year, she worked as a news intern at her hometown paper, the Quad-City Times. This past summer she was a Pulliam Fellow at The Arizona Republic, working with the digital production team. She has an interest in digital journalism and has experience working with WordPress, Canva, and can code using HTML and CSS. 

Collin Yi
Collin is a senior, double majoring in journalism and political science. He spent the summer of 2021 as a Marketing and Social Media Intern with Fin & Feather, a local Iowa City business. During his internship, he spent time revamping their social media platforms and managing their e-commerce platform. Collin is interested in photo and audio editing. He has extensive experience using editing applications like Photoshop and Lightroom. He is also interested in the independent media movement, especially within the realm of politics. In his free time, he enjoys listening to podcasts, fishing, longboarding, and watching sports.

Josie Taylor
Josie is a junior, majoring in journalism. She transferred here in fall 2020 after attending Indiana University. Her second area of study is undeclared because she is creating my own. It will be related to American Sign Language and Disability Studies. Josie is involved in Her Campus at Iowa and the American Sign Language club on campus. She is also a communications intern for the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. She is most interested in the writing aspects of communications, along with media research. This is her first year being a peer mentor, and is eager to get to know everyone and assist where she can.

Kelsey Harrell University of Iowa

Kelsey Harrell

Journalism and Political Science, Spring '22

Collin Yi

Collin Yi

Journalism and Political Science, Spring '22

Josie Taylor

Josie Taylor

Journalism, Spring '23