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Program Description

Pioneer Prep Mentor Application

The Pioneer Prep Leadership Institutes for Black/African American students and Latino/a students are designed for college-focused rising high school juniors and seniors to have a dynamic learning opportunity on the University of Denver campus. These institutes are intended to provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about higher education. Please note: these are two separate programs. Pioneer Prep serves as both a diversity recruitment initiative and a public good effort.
To support each program, we hire 8-10 mentors who serve as culturally relevant role models for our participants. DU mentors are critical to the success of Pioneer Prep as they not only help administer the program, but also support, inspire, and connect with our participants in authentic and transformative ways. 

Latino/a Pioneer Prep Institute

fly in june 27 june 28 to june 30 fly out july 1


Black & African American Pioneer Prep Institute

fly in july 11 july 12 to july 14 fly out july 15


DU Mentor Position Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation session and assist/stay overnight on campus for the duration of the institute
    • Latino/a Pio Prep: Thursday, June 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. - Sunday, June 20, at 4 p.m.
    • Black/African American Pio Prep: Thursday, July 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. - Sunday, July 14, at 4 p.m.
  • Responsible for 5-8 student participants
  • Ensure assigned students get to all sessions and meals on time
  • Available to answer questions regarding college life
  • Responsible for ensuring assigned students are in rooms and accounted for
  • Responsible for ensuring assigned students follow all program guidelines and are safe and engaged
  • Mentors are required to stay on campus during the entire length of the program
  • Additional duties as needed to ensure that the program runs smoothly 


  • $300 for the duration of the conference (including training) 

DU Pioneer Prep/Enrollment Division Staff

  • Co-Directors: Miriam Tapia Salinas & Wahhab Carter, Diversity Enrollment
  • Staff:, TeRay Esquibel, Roderick Rose, Nashwa Bolling & Claudia-Hernández Ponce


Ideal candidates are current DU students who are sensitive to the academic, personal, and social challenges faced by diverse high school students.  Effective peer mentors have not only experienced the rigors of coursework, but are also reflective about their learning processes and can positively articulate those experiences to a high school student. Candidates should have a strong understanding of DU’s Inclusive Excellence philosophy. 

Application Checklist                    

  • Complete the application and essay questions
  • Submit an Academic Progress Report (APR)
  • Resume (optional)
  • All applicants must pass a background check if hired
  • Interviews will be held on May 14th and May 15th. Please plan accordingly.

When submitting supplemental materials, please clearly label them with "Pioneer Prep Peer Mentor Applicant".

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2190 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208