Peer Mentor Program

What is the Peer Mentor Program?

The DRC Peer Mentor Program matches returning students with disabilities with incoming students with disabilities in a mentor/mentee relationship. The returning students provide support and advice to their mentees based on their own experiences navigating Purdue with a disability. The DRC hosts monthly mentor/mentee bonding events, student workshops, annual Disability Awareness Month events, and a mentor/mentee orientation. Along with individual meetings between mentor and mentee throughout the month. By creating connections between incoming and experienced students, the DRC Peer Mentor Program personalizes a holistic experience at Purdue, along with fostering the development of self-awareness and cultivating an engaging and supporting collegiate environment.

What are the benefits of the Program?

For the mentee, the program provides support and stability during the transition into the collegiate environment, offers opportunities to improve communication and self-advocacy skills, along with becoming acquainted with academic and personal resources on campus, cultivating a personal relationship with a peer(s) in the DRC program, gaining a better understanding of their disability in relation to the collegiate environment and developing a sense of belonging at Purdue and the community.

For the mentor, the program offers opportunities to share knowledge and personal experiences, develop leadership skills, cultivate personal relationships with a peer(s) in the DRC program, taking part in professional development opportunities, and attending campus activities and making lasting memories at Purdue and within the community.

How are matches made?

Mentees and Mentors complete an application, providing personal and academic information. Matches may be made according to disability, major, gender, or other criteria. Final decisions about pairing are made by the DRC Access Consultants, based on best fit for both the Mentee and Mentor. Students are notified about the matches early in the fall semester or as interest is made by the student. 

What types of things do I get to do?

  • Mentor/Mentee Orientation
  • Mentor/Mentee Hangouts
  • Student Workshops
    • Academic Success Semester Workshops
    • DRC Mini-Workshops
    • Cultural Centers Workshops/Tours
    • Campus Events and Activities
    • DRC Stress Relief program
    • DRC Peer/Alum Panel
    • DRC/Disability Awareness Month Programming Events
    • Student Advisory Council
    • Monthly Peer Mentor Program Get Together

How do I join?



  • Be a sophomore, junior, senior, or grad student with a disability/condition
  • Complete the Mentor Application
  • Participate in an interview
  • Attend Mentor Training and Mentor/Mentee Orientation
  • Complete the Peer Mentor Survey

If you are interested in participating or knowing more about the DRC Peer Mentor Program talk with your Access Consultant or email Ryan McCombs at

Contact us: 

Phone: (765) 494-1247
YONG Hall, Room 830
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Student Success at Purdue, KRCH 4th Floor, 1198 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-9328

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