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.

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.

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: Computer Science
Year: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC: Along with academics, I learned much about life.

Anne

Major: Bioengineering
Year: Senior

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

 

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Benjamin

Benjamin

Major: Undecided
Year: Junior

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.


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Carlo

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

 Celeste

Celeste

Major: Biological Sciences
Year: Junior

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

 

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  Duy

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Sophomore

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.

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 Elizabeth Chang
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Giselle

Major: Biochemistry
Year: Sophomore

Favorite thing about UIC:
The people. They’re not only friendly, they have made me feel so welcome to be at UIC. The friends I’ve made are like family to me now and I absolutely love them.

 

Hamna

Major: Biological Sciences
Year: Sophomore

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

Jazmine

Jazmine

Major: Sociology
Year: Junior

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

 

 John (Taco)

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Sophomore

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

 

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Kara

Kara L.

Major: Kinesiology
Year: Senior

 Favorite thing about UIC: AARCC, friends and families

Krystal

Major: Economics
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC: Hanging out in AARCC and being so close to downtown!

Lananh

Lananh

Major: Undeclared
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC: Great teachers and friendly counselors.

Mika

Major: Computer Science
Year: Sophomore

 Favorite thing about UIC: Being super close to the heart of Downtown Chicago where all of the fun and excitement is.

 

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   Nina
Year: Sophomore
My favorite thing about UIC is AARCC and the friends I’ve made throughout the year!
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Sania (Frostie)

Major: Civil Engineering
Year: Sophomore

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!

 

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Shivali

Major: Pre-Nursing
Year: Sophomore

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

 Sruthi

Shruthi

Major: Computer Science
Year: Junior

Favorite thing about UIC: It gives me independence.

   Vaish

Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Sophomore

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.

 

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