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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP), the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) and the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline three recruiting and hiring processes into one simple procedure for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP, CMI and GSC. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Educator or Mentor, CMI Peer Mentor, CORE Ambassador or Peer Adviser you'll only have to apply once using the steps below. 

Position descriptions
CMI Peer Mentor
CMI Peer Mentors provide guidance and model academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. They meet weekly on a one-on-one basis with CMI scholarship recipients to assess and monitor academic and social progress.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2021
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2021
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2021
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2021-22 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.87/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • CMI Peer mentors can only take Summer I courses
Orientation Group Leader
Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) guide groups of students and guests through the orientation experience. OGLs assist with student advising and registration, facilitate small group discussions, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for new students and parents.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2022
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2022
  • Room in residence halls from May 2022 - August 2022
  • Compensation is $10.10/hour
  • Leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders cannot take Summer I courses
Peer Advisers
Peer Advisers (PA) provide mentorship, guidance and model academic and social success to first year students and to the campus community. Each Peer Adviser works closely with a FYAC Adviser to support their student caseload in ongoing communication outreach, registration support, peer-to-peer meetings, academic and social events, and general navigation of common first year topics. Peer Advisers also assist conditionally admitted Emerging Scholar students with the transition from high school to college. They meet with each assigned Emerging Scholar bi-weekly on a one-on-one basis to discuss relevant topics for success.  

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2022
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Attend training sessions end of April 2022 and August 2022
  • Work 8 hours weekly during Fall 2022 and Winter 2023
  • Compensation is $10.10/hour
  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions throughout the academic year
CMI CORE Ambassador
CMI CORE Ambassadors meet weekly in one-on-one sessions with program participants to assess and monitor academic and social progress. Ambassadors provide program participants with information about classes, support services, academic programs and counseling.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full-time
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2021
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2021
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2021
  • One week of work during summer 2021 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2021-22 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.87/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CMI CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses
Gender and Sexuality Center Peer Mentor

As a Peer Mentor for the GSC, you will play a significant role in the support and retention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA) students in addition to the one-on-one mentoring relationships you will be a part of. You will commit to helping plan and/or facilitate at least one Serving Up Knowledge Session and one Q*mmunity Discussion & Support Group meeting a semester. 

Position Qualifications:
  • Have 28 credits or more by Fall 2021
  • Must be available to attend; mandatory team meeting in March 2021 (date TBD), summer training in May 2021, refresher training in January 2022, and mandatory monthly all-staff meetings
  • Meet once a week with mentee(s)
  • Meet once a month with the Coordinator of the Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Must have a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0
  • Attend and support the Gender & Sexuality Center at at least two of our events a semester
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Be a positive role model
Preferred Skills:
  • Have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Have solid interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge about LGBTQIA+ topics 

Anticipated Hours:

  • 5-10 hours a week

Additional Details:

You will be expected to attend monthly meetings with the GSC Coordinator and/or Graduate Assistant, where you will have the opportunity to get to know one another, discuss mentee concerns and successes, and prepare for any upcoming sessions you are helping with.  

It is required that you maintain regular contact with the Coordinator of the GSC via bi-weekly one on ones, GroupMe, email, and/or other forms of communication. Anticipate other duties as assigned. You may be expected to table, and participate in other forms of outreach for the GSC or the Peer Educator Program. 

Recruitment Process

Check back in late fall for details on hiring for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Apply Now

Check back in late fall for details on hiring for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one type of similar positions at the same time. For example, students can be an OGL and CMI Peer Mentor. Students cannot be both a CMI CORE Ambassador and Peer Adviser.
What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?
  • The Orientation Group Leader positions are summer positions running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor, CMI CORE Ambassador, GSC Peer Mentor, and Peer Adviser positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador, 20  Orientation Group Leader, 10 Peer Adviser, and up to 3 GSC Peer Mentors.  

*Note: the number of positions available is an estimation. A more accurate count of position openings will be available later in the application process.
What are the position GPA requirements?
  • CMI Peer Mentor - requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Orientation Group Leader - require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2021
  • CMI CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Peer Adviser - requires a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • GSC Peer Mentor - requires a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
What is the interview process?
Interested students must first view the module in eSpace to learn about the various positions, pay rates and the application process. Students may then fill out the online application. One application will be used to apply for multiple positions.

Once the applications have been reviewed, a limited number of students will be called back for a small group interview. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews with the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Gender and Sexuality Center, and Orientation and New Student Programs.
Can I take classes and work at the same time? (How many credits do I need to take to be eligible?)
Since the Orientation Group Leader positions are full-time positions between May and August, students cannot take classes during Summer Session I, but are allowed to take one class during Summer Session II. CMI positions require students to be a full-time OU student while employed.
I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader or Peer Adviser position, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Peer Mentor positions, contact them by phone at (248) 370-4336 or email,  gsc@oakland.edu.
How can I get help with the application and interview?
Career Services offers a variety of resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates, such as assistance with your resume and tips for your interview.
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