Systems of Support
The Panther LIFE student support system on the FIU campus encompasses a variety of departments around the FIU campuses and includes faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Faculty advisors are professors and staff across both FIU campuses who provide advisement, guidance, and support by focusing on increasing access and participation for students, modeling appropriate communication between a university professor and a university student, providing academic and social support, and exploring possible careers and interests. Faculty advisors will meet with their Panther LIFE student once a week for one hour per session and complete an End of Semester Questionnaire.
Peer coaches are FIU students who are responsible for facilitating social networking and connections for students. Examples of peer coach social support can include: eating lunch together, introducing mentee to others, addressing social skill needs through modeling and discussion, and attending on-campus and off-campus events. Coaches will work with students two times a week for a total of 14 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Coaches maintain a Communication & Activity Log and fill out a questionnaire at the end of each semester.
Academic mentors are FIU students who are responsible for assisting and supporting the inclusion of students in university coursework and related experiences. Examples of academic mentoring support can include: re-explaining and/or clarifying content/information, checking assignment due dates, proof reading assignments and providing editing suggestions, and creating graphic organizers for studying key concepts. Mentors will work with students two times a week for a total of 14 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Mentors will maintain a Communication & Activity Log and fill out a questionnaire at the end of each semester.