Asian American Mentor Program

The Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) is designed to ease the transition of new students to UIC during their first semester. In the fall, students are assigned into groups with two Peer Mentors and 3-5 new students for personal support and to help get connected to campus resources.  All AAMP mentees will also sign up for Global Asian Studies 105, a 1-credit course that will have tutors from the math and writing centers who will help you be successful!

AAMP activities consist of AARCC-sponsored events that include social activities, academic and cultural workshops as well as group outings held on and off campus. Check out AAMP’s Activities and Mentor Pages to see past group activities and current mentors.

2018-2019 Mentor Applications are now available!

More information can be found in the Becoming a Mentor section. 

New Mentor Applications (Due February 16th by 5pm):

Returning Mentor Applications (Due February 9th by 5pm)

Applications must be submitted at the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center 101 Taft Hall, front desk by 5pm on the specified due date. No electronic applications will be accepted. 

Questions? Come to our Prospective Mentor Info. Sessions!

  • Session 1: Wednesday, February 7th @ 2pm, AARCC Conference Room
  • Session 2: Friday, February 9th @ 1 pm, AARCC Conference Room

Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) 2018

The Asian American Mentor Program provides incoming first-year freshman and transfer students with peer mentors who will show you around, give you tips for college success, and connect you with campus resources. Prospective mentees will be asked to enroll in a 1-credit course, Global Asian Studies (GLAS) 105: Asian American Identity and Culture and attend weekly sessions that focuses on a variety of topics such as Asian American and Pacific Islander identities and communities, campus resources, parental expectations, media representations, and more! Students will have the opportunity to participate in large group outings as well as small group social activities on and off-campus. It’s a great way to ease the transition from high school to college at UIC while making friends!

PROGRAM DATES & TIMES

AAMP runs Fall 2018. Course times will be announced in late Spring 2018.

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

Students who self-identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander are eligible to sign up for AAMP. Ethnic backgrounds may include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals who are interested in Asian American issues.

Watch a brief video on the AAMP experience:

General Information

What is an AAMP Session?

The AAMP sessions, which are a Global Asian Studies 105 course, Asian American Identity and Culture, meet for one hour a week during the Fall Semester, give the Mentors and the Mentees the opportunity to meet up to discuss and learn about University life and Asian American identity.  Sessions cover topics that range from getting to know the UIC campus and neighborhood to in-depth discussion about Asian Americans and relationships, generation gaps. GLAS 105 will also provide students with tutors from the math and writing centers, to help you be successful here at UIC!

Who is eligible for AAMP?

Incoming undergraduate UIC first-year or transfer students who self-identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander are eligible to sign up for AAMP. Ethnic backgrounds may include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Native Hawaiian, Fijian, Micronesian, or other Pacific Islanders, and anyone who has an interest in the Asian American, Pacific Islander community.

New or Prospective Students Resources

FAQ

  1. How are the mentors & mentees matched up? Mentors and Mentees are paired up on a number of factors.  The most important are major and your session day. We also respect requests of being paired by gender for religious and/or cultural reasons.
  2. How are the mentors chosen? Mentors go through a rigorous process of a group and individual interviews where they are chosen for their ability to connect with others, serve as a good role model, and have the desire to make a positive impact on new students.   
  3. What is the time commitment? To be active in AAMP, you must attend your weekly session (1 hour per week) and stay in touch with your Mentor. If you are an active Mentee, you are given preference to attend the Big AAMP outings, i.e. ice skating, or a Chicago sports event (which are free of charge).  AAMP runs for the duration of the Fall semester.
  4. Do I have to take the Global Asian Studies 105 course to be in AAMP? Yes, all incoming first year or transfer students must sign up for the Global Asian Studies 105 course, Asian American Identity and Culture.
  5. How many classes do I have to come to weekly? You would come to one class a week.
  6. Can I come to the events but not the weekly class? Preference for attending events is given to Mentees who are attending sessions and are in touch with their Mentors.
  7. Can I hang out in the AARCC but not be a part of the mentoring program? Yes, all UIC students are welcome to come and use our center.
  8. Where is the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC)? We are located in 101 Taft Hall.
  9. How do I become a Mentor? Mentors are recruited in the Spring semester, if you are interested come on in and ask for an application.
  10. Do I have to be a Mentee to become a Mentor? No.  Not all of our Mentors were Mentees previously.

If you are interested in participating as a Mentee for the Asian American Mentor Program, applications will be released early Summer 2018.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Alton 312-413-9653 or at jalton@uic.edu.

News and Activities

AAMP UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

SUMMER Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) 2018

The Asian American Mentor Program provides incoming first-year students enrolled in Summer College with peer mentors who will show you around, give you tips for college success, and connect you with campus resources. Students who join AAMP in the summer will also continue on with their mentors in the fall when there will be AAMP workshops, activities, and events. AAMP small groups hold social activities on and off-campus. It’s a great way to ease the transition from high school to college at UIC!

Program Dates & Times TBA

Who Should Register?

Students enrolled in a Summer College program who self-identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander are eligible to sign up for AAMP. Ethnic backgrounds may include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals who are interested in Asian American issues.

Who Should Register?

Students enrolled in a Summer College program who self-identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander are eligible to sign up for AAMP. Ethnic backgrounds may include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islanders, and/or individuals who are interested in Asian American issues.

AAMP PAST ACTIVITIES

**AAMP Big Group outings are only open to registered AAMP Mentors and Mentees!**

AAMP Bowling Pizza Party

AAMP Carnival Day (Big Group Outing)

I AM YUKI Alphawood Story Sharing 2017

AAMP Game Day 2017

AAMP Ice Skating Social 2017

AAMP Welcome Back Bash 2018

Becoming a Mentee

Who is eligible to become an AAMP Mentee?

Incoming undergraduate UIC first-year or transfer students who self-identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander are eligible to sign up for AAMP. Ethnic backgrounds may include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Native Hawaiian, Fijian, Micronesian, or other Pacific Islanders, and anyone who has an interest in the Asian American, Pacific Islander community.

If you are interested in participating as a Mentee for the Asian American Mentor Program, applications will be released early Summer 2018.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Alton 312-413-9653 or at jalton@uic.edu.

Becoming a Mentor

2018-2019 Mentor Applications are now available!

What is the role of an AAMP Mentor? AAMP mentors help ease the transition for incoming UIC students by assisting them in accessing campus resources, offering advice, and just being a friendly face to go to for help with student life. Topics that may be addressed range from academics, mental health, dating, family, and beyond. Our mentors are provided with intensive training and resources to become highly equipped and prepared to mentor. 

Applications must be submitted at the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center 101 Taft Hall front desk by 5pm on the specified due date. No electronic applications will be accepted. 

Asian American Mentor Program Application Process Timeline

  1. Attend an Information Session (highly recommended) on: Wednesday, February 7th at 2:00pm or 
    Friday, February 9th at 1:00pm  

Note: Each session is about an hour, held in Taft Hall 101, Asian American Resource & Cultural Center, Conference Room.

  1. Fill out application and turn it in in person at AARCC in 101 Taft Hall by Friday, February 16th at 5 p.m. Returning mentor applications are due by Friday, February 9th at 5pm.
  2. Decisions will be made tentatively by Monday, April 2nd.
  3. There will be a “meet and greet” for mentors to meet each other in March. Attendance is highly recommended, as we will begin planning for program activities in the fall.
  4. Mandatory mentor trainings will be held in May and August (date TBA).

Questions? For more information, contact Jeffrey Alton, the Program Director, at 312-413-9653 or jalton@uic.edu or Becky Ozaki, the Graduate Assistant, atrozaki2@uic.edu.