Peer Assistants are upper-division students who have been successful in adjusting to university life and who desire to share their enthusiasm and wisdom with new students. Peer Assistants serve as an extension of the Student Support Services staff, helping to welcome new students to the program and facilitate their adjustments to college by providing information, encouragement and support. Peer Assistants help first-semester SSS students in many ways – as a source of information, a concerned peer, an attentive listener, and a model for campus involvement.

Peer Assistant Services to Students:

  • Explaining SSS program services
  • Providing a campus tour or walking a student to an office
  • Helping a student learn the on-line system at the library
  • Assisting a student with the e-mail and internet systems
  • Finding information using resources like the online catalog or handbook
  • Introducing a student to faculty, staff, and other students
  • Providing assistance with filling out forms and explaining procedures
  • Referring a student to appropriate offices and agencies
  • Assisting a student in locating resources in the community
  • Connecting students with organizations and events on campus
  • Listening and providing support and encouragement

Peer Assistant Qualifications:

  • Have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Have completed 30 credits at Black Hills State University
  • Fill out the Peer Assistant application and return to Woodburn 107, Office #139

Peer Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Attend Peer Assistant training prior to the start of the fall semester 
  • Assist with SSS New Student Orientation the first week of classes
  • Complete and turn in attendance and contact logs weekly
  • Plan and attend social and educational events for SSS students
  • Invite your assigned new students on an individual basis to activities during the semester
  • Contact your new students at least weekly
  • Attend the end-of-semester wrap-up and evaluation session

Contact Susan Hupp at (605) 642-6824 or for an application or more information.

SSS Makes a Difference...

"When I go to my advisor through the SSS program, I feel important. I don't feel like I am wasting someone's time and energy when I step in the office, and that is a good feeling. When I have a problem about anything from my schedule, to classes to financial aid, SSS can always direct me to the right people, and that is also a very helpful thing this program has to offer for students like me who don't know where to go in certain situations." - Kayleigh, 2nd year student