Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment

Peer to Peer Support

Student Veteran Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program: From Community College to Four-Year University

Lewis University is partnering with Joliet Junior College and the College of DuPage to implement a model for enhancing student veteran retention and educational success. The model involves both university and community college staff working together to engage student veterans early in their community college program. Also, the Student Veterans of America will work to promote student veteran participation in the programming and mentorship opportunities.

Lewis joins 40 schools nationally that are partnering with the University of Michigan in a program developed through extensive and rigorous veteran research. The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they are facing, refer them to the appropriate resource on or off campus, and provide ongoing support to their academic and personal ventures.

Programming is scheduled to begin in the fall 2017 semester. Together, the three participating institutions enroll nearly 2,000 student veterans. Lewis University’s veteran retention rate is above the national average at 79.5%, and the goal will be to increase veteran’s success at the community college level as well.

For more information contact:
Roman Ortega Jr.
Lewis University
3rd Floor, Office 339, Learning Resource Center
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 836-5339
ortegaro@lewisu.edu