Group photo of La Familia students

About La Familia

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) established the La Familia Peer Mentoring Program in order support the the college transition and retention of first-year Latino students at the University of Maryland. First-year mentees are paired with highly-qualified sophomore, junior and senior peer mentors who help to facilitate academic and personal growth opportunities in the form of workshops, socials, and community service events. This purposeful and consistent interaction between mentees and mentors supports and challenges students to strive for excellence in every area of their lives.

Our mentees have shared that La Familia helped them to develop:

  • Connectedness to the university and peers
  • Feeling of competency and self-efficacy
  • Grades and academic achievement
  • Improved social skills and attitudes
  • Graduation

Join Our Familia
Are you ready to share your knowledge and experience with other Latino students at the University of Maryland? If so, we are currently accepting applications for mentors and mentees for 2019 – 2020. Responsibilities for both mentors and mentees include, but are not limited to:

  • Meet with your mentor/mentee for 1 hour per week
  • Attend all La Familia events (1 general body meeting per month, 2 – 3 social/community service activities per semester)
  • Complete the weekly mentor/mentee progress report
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of events

CONTACT: Jessica Rivera, Graduate Assistant or Tania Martinez-Equizabal, Graduate Assistant