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21 September 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Students Helping Students Awards recipients

Deakin has recognised the achievements of some of our most outstanding peer mentors with the 2021 Students Helping Students (SHS) Awards.

What is peer mentoring at Deakin?

Peer mentoring is an integral part of Deakin and contributes to an atmosphere of community, confidence and belonging on our campuses.

Learning happens everywhere at Deakin – not just in seminars, labs and the library, but between students as well. The SHS initiative fosters this learning community, creates important partnerships and guides the fantastic work our peer mentors do every day. 

The 2021 Awards recipients

University study can be demanding, which is why the support of student mentors is so valuable. We extend our sincere thanks to our dedicated student mentors for all their efforts in making life easier for their fellow Deakin students, especially in light of the challenges we’ve faced during the ongoing pandemic.

Due to COVID-19, we were unable to celebrate this year’s Awards with a formal ceremony. However, we are very pleased to announce and congratulate this year’s Awards recipients.

‘Congratulations to the 2021 SHS Awards recipients,’ said John Devereaux, Executive Director of Student Life. ‘Deakin highly values your contribution to student engagement and belonging. It is people, staff and students that make up a University, and it’s staff and students who make a University successful and a great place to be.

‘During yet another challenging year, it is wonderful that SHS programs across the university continue to foster connections and contribute to student success. Receiving this award shows your understanding of the SHS Good Practice Principles and recognises how your mentoring and other roles support the development of Deakin’s Graduate Learning Outcomes. Your willingness to participate in the application process itself, which provides a substantial opportunity to reflect on your development as a mentor, suggests your commitment to learning and learnership. Well done.’

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Students Helping Students Awards:

Emerging award recipients: Samridhi Gupta, Asaph Hoi, Eric Lui, Madison McCarthy, Cooper Prelorenzo, Jack Reid, Taylah Williams, Emily Zhang.

Experienced award recipients: Elizabeth Bartetzko, Asees Kaur, Simran Kaur, Oliver Page, Alexandra Petherick, Hetvi Shah, Payal Thakkar.

Senior award recipients: Helen Chimonis, Shefali Dorepalli, Ravi Kurukulasuriya, Alan Wang.

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Learn more about student peer mentoring

If you want to benefit from the mentoring experience, or become a mentor yourself, visit the Students Helping Students website to learn more. You never know who you might meet, what you might learn and how you might grow!

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