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​Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS)

What is it?

Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS) is a peer to peer mentoring programming for first time DePaul Students. Our Mentors are passionate about helping students adjust to DePaul by having outings, showing students how to use resources side by side and being a friendly face on campus. Mentors will check-in on mentees once a week to ensure their success. 

Who can join?

Everyone! Students who are targeted via email and phone calls are first generation college students, students of color or pell-eligible. You may have received an email or phone call from your mentor over the summer. Call or email them back to learn more about how to be an active mentee.

Why should I join?

“One should become a mentee to gain those hidden gems of DePaul and get insightful advice from mentors who were once in their shoes.” - Alexis Johnson (Psychology, 3rd Year)

“I recommend that students become mentees because it helps them get acquainted with the resources available at DePaul. Going to an institution with 20,000+ students in Chicago can be overwhelming. STARS Peer Mentors can help them combat any challenges that they may have and help them thrive during their time as a student.” - Samantha Mallett (Business Marketing, Rising Senior)

What can you hope to gain from being a part of STARS?

  • Community: Students who engage in any of the College Transitions programs or events will establish a supportive community to assist them in navigating the institutional systems they face.
  • Mentoring: By joining the STARS Program, first-year students are paired up with a successful who helps them manage their way through the first year of their college experience. The mentors connects them to the campus community and assists them with finding the opportunities that best fit their interests and needs.
  • Advocacy: In conjunction with STARS mentors, the Office of Multicultural Student Success staff provide advocacy to students who may have personal or academic issues related to a situation or experience they've had on or off campus.
  • Advising: Your mentor can connect you to an OMSS staff member who can provide one-on-one advising sessions regarding your personal, vocational and social concerns and needs.
  • Academic Support: OMSS provides academic assistance through our Reaching for Academic Progress (R.A.P.) program to all OMSS program participants and scholarship recipients. As part of the R.A.P. program, OMSS staff monitor student academic progress at the middle and end of each quarter. R.A.P. sessions, or one-on-one meetings with an OMSS staff member, may be scheduled at midterms or finals.

How to join?

  • Click here to register and complete your matching survey
  • Email Yessenia Mejia if you have any questions

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Contact

Yessenia Mejia
Phone: 773-325-4863
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