Auxilium Mentoring Program
Purpose of Auxilium:
The Azusa Pacific University Honors Mentoring program, Auxilium*, is a peer-mentoring program for first semester Honors students. Developed to foster a sense of belonging among Honors students, the program also offers a safe place for freshman Honors students to share academic, social, and spiritual challenges. At APU, clubs and organizations are meant to provide a place where members can be in community with one another. The Honors Program is no different. Understanding that Honors students have a unique college experience, Auxilium differs from other freshman orientation groups on campus because it is tailored to the specific challenges that Honors students face.
Program mentors include sophomore, junior, and senior Honors students. These mentors are available as non-judgmental confidants who have personal experience in handling the pressures of college. The mentors understand the large commitment made by Honors students, and through this mentorship, the Honors Program and its student mentors commit themselves to supporting new students in academic excellence and the full development of their abilities.
*In Latin, means “to support”
Qualifications for Auxilium Peer Mentors:
- Sophomore, junior, or senior Honors students in “active status” in the Honors Program may apply. (See the policy on Active Status and Probation.)
- Auxilium Peer Mentors will be chosen from applications submitted to the Honors program and reviewed by select members of the Honors program Advisory Board and/or Honors Program staff.
Expectations for Auxilium Peer Mentors:
Peer mentors are expected to:
- Have the desire to serve as a trusted friend and colleague to incoming freshmen students.
- Contact their mentees by August, at least one week before the start of APU’s Freshman Orientation.
- Attend the Auxilium Ice Cream Social on the first Thursday of the semester to meet their mentees.
- Meet with mentees at least two other times during the fall semester (i.e. coffee, meal, Honors Colloquia event, other event).
All peer mentors will be expected to meet with the Honors Student Advisory Board at their last meeting of the fall semester to evaluate the Auxilium Peer Mentoring Program.
Support for Peer Mentors:
- Peer mentors will have access to Student Life and Academic resources and contact information to share with their mentees as appropriate, depending on the situation.
- All mentors will be entered into a raffle for prizes at the end of the fall semester, and will be able to pick up coffee cards (from the Honors Program office) to help off-set the cost of taking mentees to coffee.
- The Honors Program director and program coordinator are available throughout the semester to provide additional avenues of support for mentors.