Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved with Access & Disability Services at Harper College:

As a component of Transition Autism Program (TAP), we are offering the opportunity to Harper students to mentor a student on the Autism Spectrum who will be attending Harper classes. The mentor will draw upon his/her own experiences as a student at Harper to provide support and encouragement to the incoming freshman. 

To apply to be a TAP Mentor, please complete the Mentor Application, and submit online.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students on the Autism Spectrum succeed at Harper 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance and support for first-year students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation and a sense of belonging)
  • Serve as a resource for students new to the College
  • Participate in training, programs and activities
  • Attend Peer Mentor trainings and monthly mentor/mentee sessions
  • Serve as a positive role model

Qualifications 

  • Be in good academic and social standing
  • Be willing to learn and share information about the Harper College community, student life and campus resources
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have a genuine desire to help their peers succeed
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Be self-motivated with a positive attitude
  • Display a willingness to learn about different cultures

Benefits 

 Peer mentors have the opportunity to:

  • Build close relationships with new students
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Guide new students through their first year
  • Enhance your own social skills and confidence
  • Improve your resume

Adapted from the Iowa State University Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Leadership Learning Community, http://www.dso.iastate.edu/msa/learningcommunities/gen10 

The Role of a Peer Mentor 

  1. A knowledgeable guide for new students.
  2. A thoughtful facilitator who provides access to people and resources.
  3. A role model and advocate.

Training: 

  1. Participation in a 1/2 day training and 1/2 day “meet and greet” session.
  2. Participation in ongoing in-service trainings each semester.

Mentor and Educator: 

  1. Maintain regular contact with new students.
  2. Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Peer Mentors.
  3. Attend and participate in all training sessions and group meetings.
  4. Understand and abide by all Harper College policies.
  5. Serve as a positive social and academic role model.
  6. Educate new students about various resources and student services available at Harper.
  7. Maintain confidentiality with any shared information.
  8. Coordinate and facilitate social and educational programs as desired or needed.
  9. Participate in formal evaluations and assessments of the program.
  10. Meet individually with the ADS staff.
  11. Participate in and complete all other tasks deemed necessary by the Project TAP staff.

For more information, contact Project TAP at: projecttap@harpercollege.edu

If you have an interest in helping ADS and the students that we work with, consider being a note taker! If one is needed within your class, you will receive an email from our office. As a note taker, we will make copies of your notes to provide another student with. If interested, you can apply here for this position:

https://hood.accessiblelearning.com/Harper/ApplicationNotetaker.aspx

Disability is a main pillar of diversity and our department is committed to supporting a cultural shift on our campus to one of inclusion, equity, and accessibility. Through our Disability Culture Programming you can attend events and presentations and learn more about disabilities, intersectional identities, and how important inclusion is to the world around you. If you are interested in learning more about these events or have ideas for events that you would like to see us provide in the future, please contact ads@harpercollege.edu. To watch recordings of past events, Faculty and Staff can use their Harper login to access our Stream Channel here, and students can use their Harper login to access the videos here.

The ADS Success Club is a Harper-sponsored club that is open to any currently enrolled Harper student, faculty, or staff member who has a disability. The meeting schedule for the club changes each semester and is dependent upon the student leadership at that time. Please email us at ads@harpercollege.edu for more information. 

The ADS Deaf Club is a Harper-sponsored club that is open to any currently enrolled Harper student who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The meeting schedule for the club changes each semester and is dependent upon the student leadership at that time. Please email us at ads@harpercollege.edu for more information.

 

Last Updated: 8/20/21