Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S.W. Program

Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentors are upper level social work students with first-hand experience and knowledge of navigating our program, school and community. They receive ongoing consultation, supervision and leadership development training through the Office of Student Success.

Any prospective, incoming or current student of the School of Social Work can be connected with a peer mentor.

To connect with a peer mentor, complete the Peer Mentor Interest Questionnaire. The information you provide will be used to match you with one of our mentors. Within two to three days you will be connected with your mentor via email.

For further information, see the Peer Mentor Program brochure. Adobe PDF

For questions, kudos or concerns contact:
Kim Flournoy DiJoseph
Director of Student Success
Phone: (804) 828-9335

2013-14 B.S.W. Peer Mentors

Omi Eaddie

Omi Eaddie

Year: Senior

Hometown: Charleston, S.C.

Social work interests: Administration and policy, nonprofit management and adolescents

Internships held: Virginia Department of Health, Resource Mothers Program, Therapeutic Day Treatment and Brother’s Keeper Inc.

Favorite things to do: Line dance, read books, do puzzle books, play the piano, listen to music, attend spoken word events and karaoke

“I chose VCU to study social work because of its strong connection with the community and populations that I want to serve.”

Allie Bashkoff

Allie Bashkoff

Year: Junior

Hometown: Newport News, Va.

Social work interests: Communication, LCSW, pediatric oncology and interactions with others

Internships held: Beth Sholom Lifecare Community, Circle Center Adult Day Services, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Favorite things to do: Hang out with friends, watch movies, work out and tour the Richmond area and road trip

“I love the city environment and the diversity within the School of Social Work.”

Eddy Richards

Eddy Richards

Year: Senior

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Social work interests: Mental illness, LGBTQIA, persons with HIV, community work and refugees

Internships held: PK Management, First Baptist Church, and Salvation Army

Favorite things to do: Listen to music, explore Richmond, hang out with friends, watch movies, watch anime, make short films, play video games, go to events around the city, go to art exhibits and performance shows, outdoor activities, watch TED talks and write stories

“I would choose VCU again and again!”

Hollen Tillman

Hollen Tillman

Year: Senior

Hometown: Virginia

Social work interests: Intimate partner violence intervention and therapy, women's policy work and helping men and women coming out of the prison system with community-based assistance

Internships held: Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, National Organization for Women and YWCA of Richmond

Favorite things to do: Sleep, watch Netflix, go out with my partner and friends, go to shows and read

“After taking my first couple of classes I knew that this is what I wanted to do.”