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Information about the peer mentor program

Peer Mentors are a group of highly trained Salem State students who work with undergraduate students on a walk-in basis to help with general academic advising and student support. The Peer Mentoring program is a great opportunity for students to connect with the Salem State Community and plan for academic success. Coming from a variety of majors and backgrounds, the Peer Mentors are able to help a diverse group of students for the duration of their time at Salem State.

Getting Help from a Peer Mentor 

Peer Mentors are available Monday through Friday to help students on a walk-in basis. No appointment is required to meet with a Peer Mentor. There are some situations where we recommend meeting with a professional Academic Advisor and this may require an appointment.


Peer Mentors can help students with the following:

  • Navigator, Canvas and student email support
  • Degree Tracker (What classes should I be taking?)
  • What-If Scenarios (I’m thinking about switching my major. What will that look like?)
  • Class searches
  • Registering for math and reading competency tests
  • Pre-advising and building a course shopping cart
  • Transfer Equivalency Viewer (Taking courses outside of Salem State)

Meet the Mentors

Becky Siefken

Major: Criminal Justice- Criminal Investigation, Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Honors Program, 4+1 Criminal Justice Prospect, VP Phi Sigma Sigma

Brenda Angel

Major: Psychology- Industrial/Organizational

Minor: Business Management

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Psychology 4+1 Program


Claudia Marchionda

Major: Theater-Performance, Psychology

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Honors Program, former RA, Active in Theater Productions

Mali Finch

Major: Political Science- Public Policy

Minor: Psychology

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, MassPirg, Women's Center, Frisbee Team

Melody Mancinelli

Major: MS, Mental Health Counseling

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor Supervisor, SSU Undergrad Alum

Molly Swanton

Major: Media and Communication

Minor: English- Professional Writing

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Active Minds

Shannon Lilja

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology, Criminal Justice

Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Honors Program, Peer Advisor, O-Leader




Contact Us

Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm
Center for Academic Excellence
Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons
First Floor



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