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.

* Registration for Fall AAMP is now available. If you are interested, sign up now! http://go.uic.edu/aamp*

SUMMER Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) 2017

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

Summer AAMP runs from June 28 – August, 4 2017

Wednesdays from 12:15pm-1:45pm
Start Date: June 28th
Location: 121 Burnham Hall

Thursdays from 12:15pm-1:45pm
Start Date: June 29th
Location: African American Culture Center Gallery – 2nd floor of Addams Hall
Weekly activities will not conflict with the other Summer College workshops.

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.

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. Please fill out the application below:

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) 2017

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

Summer AAMP runs from June 28 – August, 4 2017

Wednesdays from 12:15pm-1:45pm
Start Date: June 28th
Location: 121 Burnham Hall

Thursdays from 12:15pm-1:45pm
Start Date: June 29th
Location: TBA
Weekly activities will not conflict with the other Summer College workshops.

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!**

Meet the Peer Mentors

Abby

Major: Information & Decision Sciences

Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC: EVO Dance Troupe

Amanda
Major: Rehabilitation SciencesYear: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC:
The community that lives on UIC and how everyone is connected.

Anne

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC: All the new people and things I’ve gotten to meet

Benjamin

Benjamin

Major: Sociology

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: The people. Those that I’ve met thus far have made my college experience far more entertaining than I had expected, and will continue to make it memorable.

Carlo

Major: Marketing
Year: Junior
Favorite thing about UIC: It’s lit.

 Celeste

Celeste

Major: Biological Sciences

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: The people I have met here.

  Duy

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC:
The people. Everyone I’ve met so far here are all really friendly. You can find a lot of unique people here who have a vast amount of knowledge. I’ve learned a lot from the people I’ve met here and there’s still a lot more to discover.

 Elizabeth
 Major: Biological Sciences
Year: Senior
Favorite thing about UIC:
 

Giselle

Major: Biochemistry

Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC:
My favorite things about UIC are not only the people, but the organizations. I love being involved on campus and meeting new people. The people on campus are super welcoming, friendly, and nice. The organizations also host not only so many informational events, but so many fun and enjoyable events!

 

Hamna

Major: Biological Sciences

Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC:
Going to the sports events on campus with friends and the exploring the many different student organizations on campus like Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Pre-Pharmacy Club

Henry

Major: Finance

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC:
The community, the people, the fun you can have with others

Jazmine

Jazmine

Major: Sociology

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: AARCC, all the great resources, and all the nice places to hang out on and off of campus.

 

Jessica Jung

Major: Business Management

Year: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC:
My favorite thing about UIC is that it is located in the city so there are many opportunities to travel around and experience new things. Trying new foods and shopping around with friends on Mag Mile is always a thrill.

 

 John (Taco)

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC:
All the great events that UIC offers for students. Whether it be a sporting event or concert, there is something recreational that everyone can enjoy.​

 

Krystal

Major: Economics, Minor in Global Asian Studies and Germanic Studies

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: Close proximity to so many fun things! All the food and my friends!

Lananh

Lananh

Major: Undeclared

Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: Great teachers and friendly counselors.

Mika

 Major: Computer Science

Year: Junior

 Favorite thing about UIC: 

Being super close to the heart of Downtown Chicago where all of the fun and excitement is.

 Major:

Year:

Favorite thing about UIC:

   Nina

Year: JuniorMy favorite thing about UIC is AARCC and the friends I’ve made throughout the year!
  Nomin

Major: Biology

Year: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC:
I really love all the campus resources and organizations. Also, the food near campus is amazing!

 

Sania (Frostie)

Major: Civil Engineering, Minor in Computer Science
Year: Junior

Favorite Thing about UIC: The ability to be a hundred percent me and still manage to find a thousand people that accept me. And having the freedom to explore the city!

 

Shefali

Major: Accounting

Year: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC:

I love how UIC is so diverse. There are so many new cultures you can learn about because of the other students. Also because of this diversity, there are a lot of student organizations that we can join.

 

 

Shivali

Major: Pre-Nursing
Year: Junior

 Favorite thing about UIC: My favorite thing about UIC is that it is close to Chinatown and downtown 

 Sruthi

Shruthi

Major: Computer Science
Year: Senior

Favorite thing about UIC: It gives me independence.

   Vaish

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC:
I love how I got the chance to meet new people and make amazing friends and also that it’s downtown.