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Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS)

First-year students interested in the holistic support services that the Office of Multicultural Student Success (O.M.S.S.) provides can participate in this exciting program. Every first year student of color and First Year Academic Success program participant is assigned a mentor. Students choose to become active in this program after meeting their mentor. STARS peer mentors assist with their transition into the DePaul community during their first year. Students are offered various services that perpetuate their academic, cultural, transitional and leadership development. These students also can give back to the community later on in their academic careers by serving as peer mentors to future DePaul students.

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Peer Mentoring and Services
  • Mentoring: By joining the STARS Program, first-year students are paired up with a successful, upper-class mentor who helps you manage your way through the first year of your college experience, connects you to the campus community, and assists you with finding the opportunities that best fit your interests and needs.
  • Advocacy: In conjunction with STARS mentors, the Office of Multicultural Student Success staff provides advocacy to students who may have personal or academic issues related to a situation or an experience they've had on campus or are experiencing in their personal life.
  • Advising: Your mentor can connect you to a member of the Office of Multicultural Student Success staff who can provide one-on-one advising sessions for you regarding your personal, vocational, and social concerns and needs.
  • Academic Support: In an effort to support all program participants and scholarship recipients, OMSS provides academic assistance through our Reaching for Academic Progress (R.A.P.) Session processes. This consists of monitoring your academic progress at each midterm period and at the end of each quarter along with potentially scheduling a R.A.P. Session, or 1-on-1 meeting with an OMSS staff professional. As a STARS Mentee for one academic year, OMSS will quarterly receive information from my professors regarding my academic progress for the purpose of academic progress dialogues and retention research.
  • Referrals: STARS mentors and office staff are connected to various other departments on campus including the Dean of Students Office, Residence Education, Financial Aid and University Counseling Services. Students who have general questions or concerns can utilize mentors and the office staff to connect them with the appropriate department or individual on campus.