STUDENT PEER ADVISING

The Student Peer Advising (SPA) program provides transactional focused academic advising to all students, regardless of major or class level. The SPA team is comprised of currently enrolled students, who, through a peer-to-peer model, aim to teach students to fish for themselves.

Have a quick question? Forgot how to register? Want to get your ducks in a row before meeting with a Professional Advisor? Interested in booking a presentation to your class? Come in and see us!

Salazar Hall 1070, Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 4:00p

Our team provides the following peer-to-peer academic advising services:
  • How-to use your advising tools, e.g., Seawolf Scheduler, Academic Requirements Report (ARR), Transfer Credit Report, Degree Planner, What-if Reports, Assist.org, GE pattern, etc.
  • Registration strategies and assistance
  • Clarification of University requirements and policies
  • How-to choose, declare, or change your major or minor
  • Exploring non-traditional major / career pathways
  • Referals to professional staff advisors
  • Lead group presentations and workshops

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  • Location: Salazar Hall 1070
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 4:00p
  • Telephone: (707) 664-2730
  • Email: ssupeeradvising@sonoma.edu
Simberlee Prime
Simberlee

Student Peer Advisor
Majoring in Psychology, minoring in English
Tanner Kimberly
Tanner

Student Peer Advisor
Double-majoring in Chemistry and Physics
May Lor
May

Student Peer Advisor
Majoring in Business Administration (double-concentration in Accounting and Financial Management)
Kaila Silveira
Kaila

Student Peer Advisor
Majoring in Kinesiology
Lana Harris
Lana

Student Peer Advisor
Double-majoring in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies, minoring in Queer Studies
Cristina Flores
Cristina

Student Peer Advisor
Majoring in Sociology
Valeria Quintana
Valeria

Student Peer Advisor
Majoring in Political Science, minoring in Spanish
Michael Balasek
Michael Balasek

Program Coordinator
michael.balasek@sonoma.edu

Are you interested in becoming a Student Peer Advisor? We usually hire 5-7 students a year. While we are currently set for the 2017-2018 academic year, we will begin accepting applicants in April 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. To apply, applicants will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and tentative availability. Stop by our desk for more details.

Qualifications:
  • Maintain a minimum 2.750 GPA and Good Academic Standing
  • Minimum one-year commitment required, e.g., Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate-standing, i.e., 30+ units completed
  • Preferred on-campus student leadership experience
  • Preferred completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, UNIV 237 and/or UNIV 238
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures related to campus academic advising
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work in multicultural and multiethnic school environments
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations in both one-on-one and small group situations
  • Ability to provide exceptional service to students, staff, faculty, and community members
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student records and communications

The Student Peer Advising program serves approximately 3,900 students annually via drop-ins, workshops, and presentations. Over the past eight academic years (Fall 2009 through Spring 2017), the program has served 31,271 students!

The Student Peer Advising (SPA) program is integrally related to the formal instructional offerings of the university and provides an important educational experience for the students participating in the program, whether as an advisor or an advisee.

The SPA program aims to cultivate a culture of supportive and participative learning, whereby students empower students in the exploration and utilization of available academic tools and resources. This fosters a culture of community-learning and stewardship, so that collectively, we may take a more effective and purposeful role in our learning experiences.

The Student Peer Advising (SPA) program is within the Department of Student Academic Services and the Division of Student Affairs. The SPA program is grateful to the students of Sonoma State University, as well as the Fee Advisory Committee, to be a program partially funded by Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) fees. We recognize and appreciate the unique learning opportunities the SPA program affords us, as well as embrace our charge to positively contribute to the learning experiences of our peers.

Handouts:

Presentations:
  • Introduction to Student Peer Advising
  • Seawolf Scheduler
  • Beginner Registration Strategies
  • Overview of Degree Requirements
  • Degree Planner
  • What-If Reports
  • Advanced Registration Strategies
  • Understanding Degree Requirements

How-Tos:
  • How to Declare and Impacted Major
  • How to Conditional Swap
  • How to Change the Class Grading Option
  • How to Use Assist.org