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Student Life

Brooke Adams

Director, Student Development

Development, Engagement, & Inclusion

Frost 224

413.552.2065 (Tel)

Student Ambassador & Mentorship Program

Holyoke Community College is pleased to announce the launch of the Student Ambassador & Mentorship Program (SAMP)! SAMP offers leadership and professional development training and workshops to women, non-binary, and transgender students that prepare participants for leadership roles on and off-campus.

You are welcome to join SAMP as a mentor ambassador or a mentee. SAMP mentors and mentees will participate in workshops, trainings, and social events that are aligned with the program's core values. SAMP's core values are leadership, professional development, and community. Additionally, SAMP mentees are assigned a professional success coach and peer mentor that will provide supplemental support and guidance. 

Benefits: General Membership

As a participant of this new initiative, mentors and mentees will have access to the following:

  • An assigned professional success coach
  • Ongoing leadership and professional development opportunities (i.e. workshops, conferences, training, etc.)
  • Monthly social events, trips, and excursions
  • A sense of community 

Application (opt-out) Process

Mentee Membership: If you are enrolled in HCC and meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically invited to join SAMP. This membership will offer you academic and general support while you are an enrolled student. You will also have access to workshops and professional development. Lastly, all mentees will be offered book stipends and CougarCash to be used while on the HCC campus. A SAMP staff member will be in touch with you to offer more details. Meanwhile, if you are not interested in joining SAMP, please complete this form.

Application (opt-in) Process

Peer Mentor & Ambassador Role: If you are interested in being considered for the peer mentor/ambassador role, please be sure to select the mentor/ambassador option and submit this form. A SAMP staff member will be in contact with the next steps.

Peer mentors/ambassadors will assist the professional success coaches with program facilitation and planning of trips and social functions, and will serve as an ambassador for an assigned office in academic and support program departments. Peer mentors and ambassadors are required to attend a training prior to beginning their assignment. All trainings and professional activities will be paid time for mentors.

Peer Mentor/Ambassador Compensation & Benefits

Peer mentors/ambassadors are paid at an hourly rate of $15/hour, can work up to 15 hours per week, and must be available to work a minimum of six hours per week.

Other benefits include:

  • CougarCash stipend to be used on HCC Campus
  • Access to your own technology and office space
  • Mentorship and practical work experience in higher education
  • Onboarding training and retreats
  • Regular SAMP support meetings
  • Success coach
  • Flexible work schedules 

Eligibility for SAMP Peer Mentors & Ambassadors

Eligibility for SAMP Mentees

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0 and above
  • Enrolled in a minimum of six credits
  • Earned a minimum of six credits
  • Available to women, non-binary and transgender students only      
  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 1.75
  • Enrolled in a minimum of six credits
  • Available to women, non-binary and transgender students only 

As a trans-affirming program that values equity and inclusion, SAMP recognizes that legal sex and gender are not always the same. SAMP also acknowledges that the reporting systems used by HCC to generate student information do not capture these differences, which may result in unintended misgendering. 

Should you have any questions, please contact us at samp@hcc.edu.

Brooke Adams

Director, Student Development

Development, Engagement, & Inclusion

Frost 224

413.552.2065 (Tel)