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 for your class? Come in and see us!

Salazar Hall 1070

Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 3:00p

PEAK HOURS: From April 16 - April 27, we'll be open Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 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
  • Referrals to professional staff advisors
  • Lead group presentations and workshops

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  • Location: Salazar Hall 1070
  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00a - 3:00p
  • Telephone: (707) 664-2730
  • Email: ssupeeradvising@sonoma.edu
Simberlee Prime
Simberlee

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

Lead 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, concentration in Exercise Science
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
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.

Valeria
Valeria

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Political Science, minor in Spanish (2017)
Monica
Monica

Lead Student Peer Advisor
BA in Psychology, minor in English (2017)
McKenna
McKenna

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Sociology (2016)
Lexi
Lexi

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Psychology, minor in Women's & Gender Studies (2017)
Lucy
Lucy

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Communication Studies (2018)
Tyler
Tyler

Lead Student Peer Advisor
BA Early Childhood Studies (2015)
Kyra
Kyra

Student Peer Advisor
BS in Biology, concentration in Molecular Cell Biology (2017)
Justin
Justin

Student Peer Advisor
BS in Business Administration, concentration in Management (2016)
JaQuay
JaQuay

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Spanish and BA in Philosophy, concentration in Pre-Law & Applied Ethics (2016)
Bianca
Bianca

Student Peer Advisor
BA in Spanish and BS in Biology, concentration in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, & Physiology (2016)