CRLA certified

GPS Peer Leader Program

The GPS Peer Leader Program is a Peer Mentoring Program that allows current UCCS students the opportunity to mentor incoming first-year students through the Gateway Program Seminar. Students must apply to be a peer leader.

Students must have successfully passed the Gateway Program Seminar prior to applying for a peer leader position.  Through interactive workshops required for the CRLA designation, students will examine the complementary processes of teaching and learning from both a theoretical and pragmatic perspective. Students will learn to engage, listen, and assist first-year students in a mature and professional manner relating to their adjustment to UCCS and academic success. Students will also work with faculty sponsors to contribute to the instruction of their designated Gateway Program Seminar class.

Rolling Deadline for Applications!


  • A currently enrolled student at UCCS
  • Good academic standing
  • Passed GPS successfully
  • Peer Mentor Training Days: Attend the Faculty Retreat/Fall Follow-Up* Students are required to attend either option
  • Attend GPS Faculty/Peer Leader Lunch TBA
  • Attend Start Up Days (August 22-23, 2019)
  • Required GPS Course Attendance
  • Meet once with Students during the course (outside of the classroom)
  • Attend Peer Mentor Workshops (offered during semester) 
    • September TBA
    • October TBA
    • November TBA


  • Leadership Training
  • CRLA Level I International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC)
  • Peer Mentor T-shirt 
  • Catered Workshops
  • Scholarship applied directly to tuition

Download your application to be be a Peer Mentor here

Questions? Contact Sarah Long for more information.

Sarah E. Long
Assistant Director, Gateway Program Seminar
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
719-255-4099  •

Omar Montoya, ABD
Faculty Director, Gateway Program Seminar
Senior Instructor and Book Liaison, First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program 
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs