SUNY Oneonta Peer Mentor Program




About the program

The SUNY Oneonta Peer Mentor Program, formerly known as the AALANA Mentor Program, is a peer mentorship program that assists first year and transfer students with the transition to college life.

The program was created in the spirit of building community among African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students in order to secure academic and social GROUP success. Negotiating the differences between high school and college is often a challenge for first year students, especially first generation college goers and AALANA students. Peer mentors are chosen and trained to assist their first year peers in acclimating to the campus setting.

Mentors meet with their mentor groups to offer strategies for academic and social success through monthly group discussions. This program offers freshmen the opportunity to learn from the academic and social experiences of successful AALANA students. Don't worry, none of these Mentors are PERFECT, many of them have had to learn their lessons the hard way.

AALANA freshmen will additionally benefit from programming designed to get you over the bumps in the road like dealing with roommates, figuring out ways to deal with academic pressures, and generally meeting people on campus.

Want more information?
Email: Mary Bonderoff
Director, Student Diversity and Advocacy
Netzer 119
(607) 436-2665 or call (607) 436-3353!

Program Requirements

Participation in the program is optional. Students who wish to participate in the AALANA Mentor Program are required to attend monthly group meetings as well as attend AALANA Mentor programming a minimum of twice a semester.


An enrollment form and interest survey will be mailed over the summer to admitted students who have self-identified as being African American, Latino, Asian or Native American. Students who have checked other will not get this mailing, so be sure that your information is correct with the Admissions Office. Space in the AALANA Mentor Program is limited, so please send back the completed forms as soon as you get them!

Fill out the online Enrollment Form here.

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