Students Together Are Reaching Success (S. T. A. R. S.)
What is S.T.A.R.S.?
First-year students interested in the holistic support
services that the Office of Multicultural Student
Success (O.M.S.S.) provides can participate in this
exciting program. Every first year student of color and
First Year Academic Success program participant is
assigned a mentor. Students choose to become active in
this program after meeting their mentor. S.T.A.R.S. peer
mentors assist with their transition into the DePaul
community during their first year. Students are offered
various services that perpetuate their academic,
cultural, transitional and leadership development. These
students also can give back to the community later on in
their academic careers by serving as peer mentors to
future DePaul students.
Hear it straight from student participants and staff!!
Mentoring - By joining the S.T.A.R.S. Program,
first-year students are paired up with a successful,
upper-class mentor who helps you manage your way through
the first year of your college experience, connects you
to the campus community, and assists you with finding
the opportunities that best fit your interests and
Advocacy - In conjunction with S.T.A.R.S. mentors, the
Office of Multicultural Student Success staff provides
advocacy to students who may have personal or academic
issues related to a situation or an experience they've
had on campus or are experiencing in their personal
Advising - Your mentor can connect you to a
member of the Office of Multicultural Student Success
staff who can provide one-on-one advising sessions for
you regarding your personal, vocational, and social
concerns and needs.
Academic Support - In an effort to support all
program participants and scholarship recipients, OMSS
provides academic assistance through our Reaching for
Academic Progress (R.A.P.) Session processes. This
consists of monitoring your academic progress at each
midterm period and at the end of each quarter along with
potentially scheduling a R.A.P. Session, or 1-on-1
meeting with an OMSS staff professional. As a ST.A.R.S.
Mentee for one academic year, OMSS will quarterly
receive information from my professors regarding my
academic progress for the purpose of academic progress
dialogues and retention research.
Referrals - S.T.A.R.S. mentors and office staff are
connected to various other departments on campus
including the Dean of Students Office, Residence
Education, Financial Aid and University Counseling
Services. Students who have general questions or
concerns can utilize mentors and the office staff to
connect them with the appropriate department or
individual on campus.