Peer Mentoring

peer mentoring

Peer Assistant Leaders and Mentor Ambassadors for Transfer Engagement

The Office of Student Development & Involvement's goal is to help you to successfully transition and integrate into the academic, cultural and social climate of our college and community.

One of the greatest resources you’ll have available as a new student are our Peer Assistant Leaders (PAL's) and Mentor Ambassadors for Transfer Engagement (MATE's). They are students who have been where you are and now have some experience and expertise to share as you transition into the college.

Our trained student leaders help in so  many ways, here are just a few:

  • Create an inclusive environment 
  • Helping you integrate into the academic and social life of UNH Manchester
  • Serve as your go-to person for questions about the college 
  • Developing programming and different ways to get involved in the campus community

Rachel Avery

Rachel is a junior History and English dual major from New Boston, having graduated from Goffstown High School. In her first year as a PAL, Rachel is excited to help first year students transition to college and get involved on campus. She can be found working around campus at the front desk in the Student Services Suite or in the Office of Involvement as Student Director. She also participates in the Literature Club and the Student Leadership Academy. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and painting.




Noor Deek

Noor Deek is considering a major in Computer Science with a minor in Political Science as he enters his Sophomore year at UNHM. He came to UNHM after graduating from Manchester Memorial High School. Being someone who enjoys social interaction, Noor decided to become an Orientation Leader and a Peer Assistant Leader. He is involved with many different clubs and organizations on campus such as the Literature Club, The Manchester Independent, Common Ground, and The Student Leadership Academy. In his free time, Noor enjoys making music, working out, cooking, eating, and spending quality time with friends and family.




Jasmine Huffman

Jasmine graduated from Concord High School in 2015 and entered UNH Manchester as a first-year student. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology as well as a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. As a passionate Psychology student, Jasmine is currently conducting research of her own, in which she is studying the relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Lying, which she hopes to continue after graduation. Apart from her studies, Jasmine enjoys being involved in the UNH Manchester community and supporting students through her roles on campus. She works as a Student Ambassador in the Admissions office, as the Senior Career Peer in the Career and Professional Success office, and as a Peer Assistant Leader in the office of Student Development & Involvement, where she enjoys helping first-year students make a successful transition to college.


Jamila Peguero

Jamila Peguero, a graduate from Timberlane Regional High School, is a sophomore in the Psychology program. She currently loves working with children and hopes to pursue a career in either education or as a school or child psychologist. Jamila is a first-year Orientation Leader and Peer Assistant Leader. She loves meeting new people and making new friends. Jamila looks forward to working with first-year students, all the while mentoring and guiding them in their first years at UNH Manchester. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, reading and spending time at the beach.




Mamady Sankoh

Mamady Sankoh is a sophomore biology major. She is from Manchester, NH and would like to be a family medicine doctor. Mamady is proud to be involved as a Peer Assistant Leader, a publisher and marketer for the Biology Club and is an assistant culture editor for The Manchester Independent. In her free time, she loves to do hair, make YouTube videos about health, beauty, and lifestyle, binge watch on Netflix and spend time with friends. This is Mamady’s first year as a PAL and she is looking forward to helping students transition to college and be the best they can be while making the most out of their college experience.



Shreya Vijay

Shreya Vijay is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. She graduated from Nashua High School North in 2016 and entered UNH Manchester as a first-year student. This will be her second year working for the Office of Student Development and Involvement and she is now the Lead Peer Assistant Leader, as well as an Orientation Leader. She loves meeting and helping new students in the First-Year Seminar and is also excited to introduce cultural competence training for the PALs. She is also the Politics Editor for the student-run newspaper The Manchester Independent and plans to transition into the role of Managing Director during the next year. Outside of school, Shreya teaches Bollywood and fusion dance to children in the Nashua area. She hopes to go to law school and pursue a career in the legal field after graduating.


MATEs are embedded in online Transfer seminars to assist new transfer students in adjusting to UNH Manchester.