peer mentorship

Breaking down hierarchies: Student-led peer information programs

This article will review the processes that two Student Success and Engagement Librarians undertook in order to embed social justice tenets into their management of peer consulting/teaching programs at two different institutions. While there has been much discussion of the reasons for and ways to implement peer consulting/teaching programs, less focus has been given to how to operate such programs from a place of equity and care. This is why two managing librarians worked collaboratively with student workers to embed social justice theories into a new and already existing peer consultation program. In this article, the authors will discuss not just what critical and justice theory was utilized to foster an environment of trust and engagement, but also how the programs operated day-to-day within such frameworks.