Peer Advising Leaders

  • Peer Advising Leaders
    • Throughout the Fall semester, Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) provide peer mentorship and education to welcome first-year students to campus and help them “find their spark” and ignite their passion for UNC Asheville. PALs create a transformational experience for new students and facilitate community-building and belonging for the entire campus community. PALs develop leadership competencies related to communication, planning, teamwork and collaboration, critical thinking, equity, consulting, and interpersonal skills. This position is ideal for any student who wants to build leadership and employability skills and be a change maker at UNC Asheville.


The PAL position supports two main programs: 1) August EmBark Orientation, and 2) the IGNITE Program.

August EmBark Orientation 

  • PALs play a critical role in introducing incoming first-year and transfer students to UNC Asheville and sharing their experiences as successful UNC Asheville students. They participate in leadership training in order to learn everything there is to know about campus and all the great ways to help you get ready to become a Bulldog!
  • During August EmBark, the Blue Crew assists our incoming students in becoming the newest members of the UNC Asheville community, excited and prepared to come to UNC Asheville. The Blue Crew diligently works to ensure that our new students have a positive orientation experience.

IGNITE Program 

  • PALs are trained to support incoming first-year students as they navigate the transition to UNC Asheville student life and learning. Each PAL leads a cohort of approximately 18 new students who also share a class through the First-Year Seminar program.
  • IGNITE cohorts will meet six times throughout the Fall 2022 semester (about every other week) on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening outside of their normal first-year seminar class time. PALs will be assigned a cohort based on their availability and will be responsible for community-building and facilitating the established curriculum and lesson plans. Topics will include values clarification, identity development, perspective-taking, diversity, equity, and inclusion, communication, and conflict management.