Disability Resource Center

Peer Mentor Program

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works with students who have disabilities, and who have requested accommodations to access this educational environment. In addition, DRC can offer another resource for students: the peer mentor program. The peer mentor program was designed to offer an additional support network for students who feel more comfortable talking to another student about time management, organization, and best approaches in working with faculty members. Peer mentors also offer a secure social connection; students can come into the DRC office, located in 143 Memorial Hall, and speak confidentially with any of the mentors at any time.

Cierce

Cierce Carter

Cierce is a Junior Forensic Chemistry major. Her interests include drama, directing, music, theatre, and marching band. Cierce is a Marching Leatherneck; she is in the color guard and will be traveling to Brazil in March with the WIU bands. Her specialties include motivation and organization. Her email address is cd-carter@wiu.edu.

Martell Horner

Martell Horner

Martell is a junior majoring in Psychology, and hopes to complete a minor in Women Studies. Martell is a member of the Centennial Honors College, and has served as an Honors Ambassador. Martell will also be inducted as a new member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars this fall. This is Martell’s first semester as a peer mentor for the Disability Resource Center. Martell is very passionate about being a peer mentor, and wants to do her best to support students. Martell is also a transfer student, and she looks forward to helping many other transfer students’ transition into a new environment. When Martell is not studying hard, you can find her enjoying the company of family and friends. Martell also loves reading, writing, and watching her favorite TV show The Walking Dead. Martell's email is my-horner@wiu.edu.

Audrey Tonkinson

Audrey Tonkinson

Audrey is a sophomore at Western majoring in nursing and loves working and helping others. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and swimming/diving. Audrey's email address is ar-tonkinson@wiu.edu.

Emily Chathas

Emily Chathas

Emily is a senior at WIU majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. Last fall she had the opportunity to go on ECOEE (Environmental Conversation Outdoor Education Expedition) and had an incredible experience that she will always remember. Her interests include: bike riding, a variety of outdoor activities, traveling to see new places, meeting new people, and making bracelets when she has spare time. She also enjoy both leading and being involved with a campus ministry called Cru. Lastly, she is an energetic and passionate person who wants to help and mentor people with the new adjustment into the college environment.

Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

Bridget is from Orland Park, IL. and attended Mt. Assisi Academy in Lemont, IL. Her major is Biology Secondary Education and minor is Geology. Bridget enjoys dance and volleyball. This is her second year at Western Illinois University. In addition to being a peer mentor, Bridget is involved in Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and Euphoria competitive dance team.