Publication Date

Summer 7-29-2020

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my study was to explore the peer mentor relationships amongst the Student Conduct Leadership Team at the University of San Diego. My research question is: How can I work with the Student Conduct Leadership Team to further develop peer mentor relationships amongst each other in order to create a more effective hearing process? Based on my experience working with these student leaders, I have observed challenges in group cohesion and connection to the team’s purpose. I sought to develop strategies to better advise them in order to strengthen their self-advocacy and sense of belonging to the team. As a result of my research, my findings indicate that a tailored peer mentorship model that is grounded in shared values, accountability, and student led learning is needed in order to strengthen the students’ sense of belonging to the team and further improve upon the student conduct hearing process.