Peer Counselors

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Peer Counselors

Peer Counselors (PCs) are students who live alongside students and serve as leaders as well as resources for their residents. PCs are trained each year in topics such as: student development and transitions, listening and referral skills, recognizing students in distress, and community building. Each PC is required to present programming each semester on a variety of topics including social justice, independent living, fostering ownership, and active citizenship. They are supervised by the Area Coordinators (ACs) who are live in professional staff members. Together with the ACs, PCs also assist in the management of residence halls. For Bard students, the PC is the first point of contact in the Residence Hall. For parents, questions about Residential Life should be directed to the Professional Staff Area Coordinator (listed for each area below) or another member of the Residence Life and Housing team at 845-758-7455.
Our Application Process

Every year we welcome 10-25 new student leaders to our team. To ensure a fair and equitable selection process, we have candidates present their experiences in a myriad of ways. During the first round of this process Peer Counselor applicants submit an online application which includes a resume and 2 references. Applicants who move on to the second round will be invited to a group interview where we see how applicants work within a team environment. Our final step of the process is an individual interview with one professional staff member and one current peer counselor. At its core, our application process seeks to mirror that of application processes used by many employers when hiring groups of entry level staff. We see this process as an educational opportunity to ensure our student leaders are ready and able to succeed in the post-graduation world.
What We Look for in Peer Counselors

What We Look for in Peer Counselors

Peer Counselors (PCs) are the cornerstone of the Residential Experience at Bard College. We rely on PCs to be leaders in their residences, building communities of respect. Interpersonal skills are key to being a support to their group of residents, including active listening, reflective communication, and empowerment through referrals. PCs bring their lived experiences into their leadership role through their work with residents. They share what resources helped them through similar issues in previous years and connect them to the multitude of staff across campus looking to further support students. PCs are also tasked with building memorable, fun experiences within the residences. From creating unique community builders to helping residents see an idea for a community program through to completion, PCs have many ways to bring in fun in their own way. We look for applicants that have the skills needed to be a leader in their community & be supportive of individual residents. All in all, we seek to find candidates who can be easily trained into this leadership role.

1. Attend an Information Session

Peer Counselor Selection Information Sessions
All applicants may attend an information session or visit Shea House to pick up an information packet in order to receive the link to the application. At the information sessions, we will go into details of what it is like being a Peer Counselor & be able to answer any of your questions. Email reslife@bard.edu if you have any questions about this process.
 

2. Complete the Application

Peer Counselor Selection Application Process
The Peer Counselor Application, completed via Interfolio, will ask for a resume and 2 references, and a handful of placement related questions. The application is due Wednesday, January 30th at 12 Noon. Our application process acts primarily to collect data on candidates & to begin the interview scheduling process. Through Bard’s Human Resources department, we are utilizing Interfolio to manage the application collection process. This web-form will collect various data points as well as various qualitative questions to gain better knowledge of possible placements within our team. You will also submit your resume through Interfolio. After completing your application in Interfolio, you will receive a Google form to begin scheduling interview times.
 

3. Interview

Peer Counselor Selection Interview Process
Applicants that move on to the second round of the application process will be invited to our group interview day on Saturday, February 9th in Olin Hall. The goal of this interview is to see how you interact in a team and understand how you best fit with others. The next round of the process is Individual Interviews which will take place on Friday, February 22nd in the MPR. The goal of this interview is to understand what qualities & experiences would make you a successful Peer Counselor. Overall, these two interviews are our primary understanding of how you would successfully fit within a team and be placed well as a Peer Counselor if selected.
 



Frequently Asked Questions 
about the Application Process

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Frequently Asked Questions 
about the Interview Process

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  • Will my PC/AC be interviewing me? Expand for Will my PC/AC be interviewing me?
  • How early should I come to the MPR? Expand for How early should I come to the MPR?
  • Can I get a digital copy of my headshot? Expand for Can I get a digital copy of my headshot?

Frequently Asked Questions 
about the Selection Process

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  • Why are acceptances due so soon? Expand for Why are acceptances due so soon?
 

Peer Counselor Information Sessions

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Contact Us


Office of Residence Life & Housing
Location: Shea House
1438 Annandale Road

Phone: 845-758-7455
Email: reslife@bard.edu

Important Dates


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