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Inclusive Excellence Peer Mentoring (IEPM) Program

Inclusive Excellence Peer Mentoring (IEPM) is a great way to enhance your student success experience at College of DuPage. Our program matches first-year or first-time College of DuPage students with continuing students (20 credits or more) to help:

  • Achieve academic excellence and belonging at College of DuPage.
  • Encourage students to embrace college life, while recognizing the importance of overcoming various demands to successfully pursue their goals.
  • Develop a student’s path of success and increase their knowledge about the resources at COD and in the professional environment.

Each year the program seeks interested students who wish to be mentors and/or first time students who may benefit from this initiative as a mentee.

The program provides training, workshops, guest speakers and an interactive support network that provides for an engaging and enjoyable experience. Mentors (up to 40) and mentees assignments are limited to a first come basis each year and trained mentors who participate will receive a stipend award.

The Mentoring Premise


An intentional relationship that engages an experienced individual to help the growth, development and success of another.

A Mentor

A person who provides academic, professional and personal support.

Why become a mentor?

  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Build your professional resume
  • Enhance the quality of life for someone else

A Mentee

A person who benefits from the insight, guidance and support of a Mentor.

Why become a mentee?

  • Establish an accountability partner
  • Receive peer support
  • Get peer insight for academic success
  • Share your ideas and goals
  • Learn from someone who has “been there before”
  • Develop social skills (motivation and positive attitude)

Complete the mentor/mentee program application form.

For more information, contact:

David Swope Sr., Student Diversity and Inclusion