Student Leadership Organizations

Honors Peer Mentors

Honors Peer Mentors is an umbrella organization for a number of Honors programs designed to provide opportunities for upper-level students to guide and support incoming or newer students in navigating the Honors Program and university life.

Incoming students benefit from the social and academic guidance and insight of more experienced, upper-level students as they welcome and acclimate them to the Honors and UNH communities. Upper-level students gain invaluable leadership and facilitation experience and a unique opportunity to reflect on their own social and academic journey.

Jake Malatesta

Jake Malatesta 
Peer Mentor Co-Director
Business Administration: Business Analytics, Class of 2022
jpm1090@wildcats.unh.edu

Megan Switzgable

Megan Switzgable
Peer Mentor Co-Director
Educational Studies, Class of 2022 
mgs1028@wildcats.unh.edu

Peer Mentor Programs

Enrichment Meet-Up (EMU) Groups for Incoming Students

In EMU groups, small teams of incoming Honors Students read, listen, and watch different media connected by a common theme and meet every two weeks to discuss and reflect on the material. EMU Interns, upper-level students selected after application, are instrumental in leading productive group discussions, fostering community among group members, modeling Honors Program values, and building confidence in incoming students.

Applications for EMU Interns are due in late April.

Honors Decompression Pods

Honors Decompression Pods are mixed-class groups of students who get together periodically in-person or virtually to engage in activities and discussions that will help them "decompress," share ideas, resources, and support each other during the academic year. Pod activities have included yoga, movie nights, and walks/runs in College Woods. Peer Mentor leaders are always open to hearing Honors Students' suggestions for Decompression Pod activities.

Virtual Discussion Assistants

Discussion Assistants (DAs) are Honors Students paid by the Honors Program to assist our faculty who are instructing online or hybrid courses. The needs of individual faculty members vary, but DAs might help on the technological front by moderating Zoom chat during class, assisting with digital projects, or editing and posting videos; they might also assist with interpersonal needs like tracking attendance and participation, or identifying students who might be struggling.
DAs are hired before the start of classes each semester and work a maximum of 50 hours per semester. 

Student Honors Council

Student Honors Council membership is open to all Honors Students. Members serve as liaisons between the Honors student body and the Honors Program staff. Council members play an active role in proposing and organizing UHP programming, including social and cultural activities and community events. Council members also assist in the recruitment of new Honors Program Students by tabling during Admitted Student Visiting Day in the spring, welcoming student “shadows,” and supporting Honors Program staff during open-house events.

Tannah O'Brien

Tannah O'Brien 
Nursing, Class of 2021
tko1000@wildcats.unh.edu

Hayden Stinson

Hayden Stinson
Spanish and Linguistics, Class of 2021 
hps1003@wildcats.unh.edu