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Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader program at California State University, Los Angeles, in partnership with Peer Forward, a national student success organization, connects selected incoming first-year students with students who have successfully navigated the college experience.  Our Peer Leaders engage with an incoming cohort to ensure their students find belonging at Cal State LA and understand how to enjoy and succeed in their first year at university.  Building on academic research and best practices, Peer Leaders follow a SOAR curriculum specifically designed to engage and welcome students starting this important educational journey.

Peer leaders jumping in front of the golden eagle statue



Event Date and Time Location
How to navigate your student portal and Canvas Thursday, October 6th, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


How to get involved on campus

Thursday, October 13th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 


How to balance school and your social life

Thursday, October 20th  TBD

How to stay motivated when people around you have different goals

Thursday, October 27th, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  TBD

How to maintain your mental health when school gets stressful 

Thursday, November 3rd, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. TBD
How to find a job and what is an internship

Thursday, November 17th 


How to find scholarships and tips when applying 

Thursday, December 1st  TBD

How to make the best of your winter break

Thursday, December 8th, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  TBD


Coming soon!

Student Hour with Dr. Alejandro Villalpando and Professor Jason Chiu

Coming soon!

Peer Leader Events

Event Date and Time Location

SOAR Search

Friday, September 30th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

FA 218

Spooky Social 

Friday, October 28th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  KH D2072


Friday, November 18th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. KH D2072

Jingle and Mingle 

Friday, December 9th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

KH D2072

SOAR Curriculum

Peer Leaders deliver a SOAR curriculum to ensure students are welcomed and informed at Cal State LA.  The components of the SOAR curriculum are:

  • Strengthen Your Study Skills
  • Own Your Education
  • Advance Your Degree
  • Realize Your Future

Peer Leaders meet with first-year students in person, online, or by phone, to engage in these topics throughout the year and share their tips and strategies for a successful college experience.


The Peer Leader Program at California State University would not be possible without generous support from the following:

  • The Leonard Hill Charitable Trust
  • The ECMC Foundation
  • In Summer 2021, additional support was provided by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the College Futures Foundation
  • A Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions grant from the United States Department of Education

Their commitment and vision supports this program so that Cal State LA students can achieve their educational dreams, transform their lives, and positively impact their families and their communities.