Student Support Services
Peer Mentors provide support and encouragement to students.
Peer Mentors assist students with study strategies, course selection, financial aid questions, time management, finding campus and community resources, writing a resume, and more.
Peer Mentors help identify their mentee’s academic goals. They also help identify barriers and obstacles that students face and help their mentees by setting out steps the student needs to take to achieve their goals.
Full-time SSS staff are mentors as well.
Neither peer mentors nor full-time SSS staff are licensed counselors. Students in crisis MUST be referred to qualified professionals to receive counseling services. Call SSS at (406) 657-2162 or Student Health Services at (406) 657-2153 to learn more.
Meet Our Peer Mentors
My name is Maddy and I am a senior at MSUB. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in International Studies. I love to head up to the mountains in the winter and ski with my husband. I also love to travel when I get the chance. I’ve lived in Billings my whole life, but I plan to move somewhere else after I graduate. I would like to go to graduate school for Forensic Psychology after I finish here at MSUB. Ultimately, I would like to get my PhD and be able to do clinical assessments of prisoners, but that’s a long term journey that I get to look forward to.
My name is A.J. and I am originally from Southern CA, I moved to Billing in the summer of 2016. I attended community college straight out of high school with the intention of studying accounting. In the middle of my freshman year, I took a semester off, and 26 years later I am now enrolled at MSUB. Because of my life experiences, I have changed my focus of study to Psychiatric Rehabilitation; my goal is to be a Licensed Addiction Counselor. In my free time I enjoy skateboarding, kayaking, building and playing cigar box guitars.
Hello, my name is Liz and I am currently in my senior year at MSUB. I will graduate this spring with my B.S. in Human Services and my A.A. in Rehab and Related Services. This fall I plan to move to Missoula and attend the University of Montana to obtain my MSW. With my degrees, I hope to ultimately work with sex and violent offenders in some sort of capacity, most than likely in a therapeutic way. In addition to schooling, I also work full-time at the YWCA and am a very busy single mom to a rambunctious three-year-old little girl. Currently, I just enjoy spending all of my free time with her doing anything that peaks our interest.
Hello, my name is Dustin Duke. I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and I moved to Billings, Montana in 2015. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Oklahoma. After my freshman year, I decided to enlist in the Military. I served in the United States Navy for 21 years and after retirement I decided to go back to school in pursuit of a B.S. in Human services. My long range goal is to complete my education in mental health and work for the Veteran Affairs specializing in Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hi, my name is Laurel Lawrence. I am a senior and will be graduating this spring with my B.S. in Rehabilitation & Related Services. I started my degree 16 years ago and am so excited to finally complete it! I have lived in Billings for many years although I was born and raised in the mountains of California. I enjoy being outdoors and love sitting down with a good book and a hot cup of tea! I am a registered yoga instructor with a certification in trauma sensitive yoga. I hope to work holistically with people to overcome their past trauma and hardship and to become the person they aspire to be!
Want to be a Peer Mentor for SSS?
Click HERE for an application
Or come to our office in LI 141!