Asian American Mentor Program
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.
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.
Watch a brief video on the AAMP experience here:
What is an AAMP Session?
The AAMP Sessions, which 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 indepth discussion about Asian Americans and relationships, generation gaps, and more!
The sessions do not have homework, or require texts or any readings. They are purely discussion based, with the occasional pop culture video or segment to highlight the discussion.
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.
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.
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.
When are the sessions held?Sessions for Fall 2014 will be on Monday/Thursday 11 am to 12 pm and Tuesday 1 pm to 2 pm and Fridays 2 pm to 3 pm
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.
How many sessions do I have to come to weekly?You would come to one session a week.
Can I come to the events but not the weekly sessions?
Preference for attending events is given to Mentees who are attending sessions and are in touch with their Mentors.
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.
Where is the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC)?We are located in 101 Taft Hall.
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.
Do I have to be a Mentee to become a Mentor?
No. Not all of our Mentors were Mentees previously.
Is there any homework given at the sessions?
No, there is homework assigned at the session and no need to do any preparation before coming to the sessions.
Should I enroll in Asian American studies classes to be a part of the mentoring program?That is up to you. As a Mentee, you will get an introduction to topics that are covered by Asian American studies, but it is not required for you to have any previous knowledge of Asian American studies, issues, etc. prior to being in AAMP
For more information, contact Jeffrey Alton 312-413-9653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org