Environmental Studies Peer-2-Peer Mentoring

life ring on deep blue water

Do you feel like an imposter sailing in unfamiliar seas?

The Department of Environmental Studies is piloting a new program that aims to provide a friendly hand to help you navigate the rough and unfamiliar waters at Western Washington University. Inaugurating the program in Spring 2022, Peer2Peer Mentoring will assign small groups of students with a student mentor, and together we will address the difficulties you are facing and find the resources.  

Based upon your interests, mentors and mentees will engage in activities together to help develop professional, academic and social identity as Environmental Studies majors and future environmental problem solvers. These activities may include:

  • Participate in a campus activities 

  • Volunteer with community organizations 

  • Attend a performance or lecture 

  • Social gatherings with other mentees and mentors 

  • and more

Most importantly, your mentor can hear your frustrations and help identify resources or be a source of encouragement to help you realize you are not an outsider. We may not have all the answers at our fingertips, but together we can seek out the people and support systems that do. 

Peer2Peer Mentoring can provide a SHARED learning experience in exploring University and community resources, developing your academic, social, and professional identity. 

Charting a Course Forward, Together 

Apply to become a mentee in the Department of Environmental Studies Peer2Peer Program here: https://forms.office.com/r/LRaABKQ4bc 

Meet Our Mentors

Alfredo Corvalan

Howdy, Everyone! I'm Alfredo Corvalan (He/Him), a 4th year senior--kind of crazy for me to say 😅 But I am an Urban Planning & Sustainable Development major, with minors in Env. Policy & Geography. I chose to be a mentor because I did not want to see first-gen students and students from marginalized backgrounds be so lost in higher-ed. We all deserve to be guided in new environments, especially during times of uncertainty. At the end of the day, we are all in this together. So why not support each other through this higher-ed process?

Outside of class, I am Co-President of Western's Urban Planning Club and a reoccurring guest star in the ESC. If I wasn't suffering from senioritis and never-ending stress, I love to cook, especially food from other countries-it's the best way to learn about other cultures. I am also an avid guitar player and an outdoorsy person who enjoys the presence of nature more often than people😂 I am excited to meet and interact with you all.

Alfredo Corvalan
UPSD major; Policy & Geography, minors
Jay Zimmerman

I am a first-year post-baccalaureate student at Western, having previously received a degree from the University of Wisconsin back in 2000, double majoring in Advertising and History. Born and raised a Badger, after almost eleven years, I can’t imagine myself at home anywhere outside the mountains and waters of the Cascades. After a seemingly endless cycle of restaurant and hotel jobs, a few years ago I decided to quit drinking and chart a new course for my life. Pursuing a second degree in Environmental Studies, a career with a state agency (particularly, the Washington State Department of Park and Recreation), or a county Public Utilities District, are directions that seem appealing to me. Although, with a myriad of classes to explore, I don’t mind if my attention is diverted elsewhere. Outside of classes, I am an avid day-hiker, movie goer, and relish long walks with my boyfriend and his Australian Heeler in West Seattle. Most evenings will find me perusing, “This Day in History,” and going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole before I tuck in for the night. At Western, I’ve struggled to feel connected to the campus community, and often find myself feeling out-of-place. Dealing with the onslaught of unfamiliar technology and deluge of information, that seems second nature to other students, has been particularly rough. However, I am slowly learning there are resources and people readily willing to aid my success, and most importantly, my anxieties do not make me an outsider. As a Peer-2-Peer mentor I hope to relate my struggles to help other students navigate a successful path at Western.

Jay Zimmerman
Environmental Studies, BA
Mia Lumbley

Hello! My name is Mia Lumbley (she/her). I am a senior at Western with a major in environmental studies with an emphasis in justice and community resilience, along with minors in environmental education, environmental justice, and international studies. I am highly passionate about my degree path, as my goals after I graduate are to travel for as long as possible before eventually finding a career in sustainable community development at an international NGO. I transferred to Western in the fall of 2020 amid COVID as an out-of-state student, so I can relate to this seemingly universal feeling of “how do I make connections at WWU? How can I feel a sense of belonging? How do I even start this process?” These questions are what makes me want to be a peer mentor so that I can help my fellow peers find their place at Western and all that Bellingham has to offer. Growing up with ADHD, I spent a large part of my life feeling like I needed to mask myself, but I eventually realized that it was one of my biggest strengths as it has allowed me to see more parts of the picture and pick up a variety of hobbies. I love being outside with very granola girl-esque hobbies: hiking, roller-skating, camping, and indoor gardening. While I do love the outdoors, I am also a huge homebody with indoor hobbies of cooking, playing video games, and making art. I am looking forward to bringing my mentees to a variety of activities that are for introverts and extroverts, those who like the outdoors and those who like being indoors.

Mia Lumbley
Environmental Studies, emphasis in Justice & Community Resilience, BA; Environmental Education, Environmental Justice, International Studies, minors