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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 introduce you to other students, student organizations, and campus resources that will help you be successful!

AAMP activities consist of AARCC-sponsored events that include social activities, academic and cultural workshops as well as virtual group hangouts.

Please review this page if you would like to learn more and get involved! For any questions, feel free to contact Julian Ignacio, Associate Director of Development & Evaluation (

AAMP was published in:

Dr. Corinne Maekawa Kodama, Christen E. Park, and Jeffrey Alton, “Creating a Sense of Belonging in an AANAPISI Program through an Integration of Student Affairs Practice, Asian American Studies, and Peer Mentoring” in Understanding the Work of Student Affairs Professionals at Minority Serving Institutions, (Routledge, 2021).

Dr. Corinne Maekawa Kodama and Christen E. Park, “More than Academics: The Transformative Effect of an Identity-Based Peer Mentor Program for Asian American STEM Students,” in ABOUT CAMPUS: Enriching the Student Learning Experience Official Journal of the ACPA-College Student Educators International MARCH–APRIL 2021/VOL. 26, NO. 1.

Alexandra Vollman, "Asian American Students Find Academic, Cultural Support at UIC," in Insight into Diversity, February 10, 2017.


Career-based AAMP

The Career-based Asian American Mentor Program (CAAMP) is a program that seeks to connect Asian American graduate/professional UIC students with Asian American undergraduate students at UIC to support undergraduate students and recent graduaes in navigating the path toward graduate or professional schools. Unlike AAMP, which is a GLAS course, this is more like a traditional mentor program focused on helping you transition toward your next steps after UIC.

To learn more about the program, please visit:
To become a mentor, please visit:
To become a mentee, please visit:
The deadline to register to become a mentor and mentee is April 25th, 2025 at 11:59pm.

For questions, please contact Julian Ignacio at

We recruit mentors and mentees in the Spring and have formal programming that begins in the Fall. Mentors and mentees are part of small groups (two mentors and two mentees) that provide an additional support network for Asian American students as they navigate their respective career paths so that all parties involved have a space to more genuinely explore Asian American identity and culture in the context of their careers.

Summer 2024 AAMP Mentee Registration

Fall 2024 AAMP Mentee Registration

Watch a brief video on the AAMP experience: Heading link