Student Life

EPIC Mentorship Program

Experienced peers initiating connections.

As an incoming student, you’ll be paired with an Experienced Peers Initiating Connections (EPIC) Mentor to guide you through summer and your first year at Western. These students are upperclassmen who are empowered to provide you with the resources you need to connect with campus and community in Gunnison. Once you’re settled, your EPIC Mentor will be there to answer any questions that you have and connect you with the resources and advocacy necessary for success.

Peers helping peers

Be on the lookout for your EPIC Mentor throughout summer and your first year of school. Take full advantage of their experience and knowledge, and use them as a resource for any questions you have.

The Trailhead FAQs

Visit us in the The Trailhead Student Success Center.

The EPIC Mentors work in The Trailhead Student Success Center. EPIC Mentors are a diverse group of high-achieving upperclassmen who can help you navigate your academic career. They can assist you in learning about all the programs of study offered at Western, help you make a course schedule, offer academic support and connect you to all the resources and opportunities on Western’s campus.


The Trailhead is a one-stop shop serving as an on-campus resource center and is staffed by EPIC Mentors who are current upperclassmen mountaineers. Every Western student—regardless of their year—and every campus guest can find help at The Trailhead. The EPICs can answer any questions, point students and guests in the right direction and give advice. It’s also a great place to hang out, study, or grab coffee with an EPIC Mentor!

Yes, walk-ins are encouraged. The Trailhead is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

EPICs have a broad knowledge of Western’s programs and will help you to discover your interests, values and strengths to find a major that fits your career and life goals.

Both. Talking to the EPIC Mentors is a great first step in the registration process because they can prep you to make the most of your faculty advisor meeting. They are fluent with the course catalog, building schedules and preparing you to graduate on time. You’ll need to first meet with your faculty advisor to get a registration code.

EPICs can help you with skills such as time management, using a planner, note- and test-taking strategies, goal-setting and how to connect with resources on campus. They work on a case-by-case basis, so don’t worry about being subjected to cookie-cutter academic support.

Become a Mentor

Interested in becoming an EPIC Mentor? Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now closed. Applications for 2021-22 will open up in November 2020.

Department Information

The Trailhead

Program Coordinator

Paul Giberson

Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations and Conference Services

Campus Location

University Center 122
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231