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STARS Mentors

STARS Mentors are sophomore, juniors, and seniors at Loyola who assist first-year students in successfully navigating and transitioning into the academic, extracurricular, social, and cultural dimensions of campus life at Loyola. Mentors are able to function in a variety of roles, including peer mentor, peer advisor, program planner, team member, and role model. 

Each STARS Mentor is matched with 6–8 first-year students at the start of the fall semester, for both one-on-one and group mentoring relationships. Mentors maintain regular contact with their mentees throughout the academic year, advising and guiding them in their transition to college life. In addition, STARS Mentors plan and organize monthly events designed to support mentees' overall success at Loyola.

STARS Mentors are joined by two STARS interns, who have had prior experience with the STARS program as either mentors or mentees. The role of these interns is to provide logistical support and leadership to STARS, as well as coordinate the STARS LEAD program, a service and leadership experience for 12 STARS mentees each spring semester.

To see rosters of STARS Mentors from past years, click here.

2014–2015 STARS Mentors & Interns

Scroll down to see the mentors' bios!

Mentors   Interns
Alexandria Whittler India McMiller Miguel Ramirez Thalia Dorantes Ben Beltran
Angee Serwin Jillion Caldwell Nancy Martinez   Danielle Duchatellier
Brittany Rivera JD Robles Rame Yousif    
Elijah Ampo Lauren Adams Raul Urquiza    
Hans Sandoval Lisa Lieu Tiffany Vuong    

Alexandria Whittler

Senior | Political Science and Journalism with International Studies & Dance minor

Angee Serwin

Senior | Psychology and Criminal Justice, with Biology minor

Ben Beltran

Senior | Advocacy and Social Change, with Urban Studies minor

This is my first year as a STARS intern and I am very excited to be a part of such a cool program. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and decided to come to Loyola because I had always dreamed of going to a prestigious university in Chicago. Now I am living my dream and enjoying every minute of it! One of my life-long passions is writing (poetry and short fiction). I am currently the External Vice President of Loyola’s Council of Pan-Asian Americans (COPAA). As I make my way through life I would like to help give a voice to those who are underrepresented or oppressed. My goal in the STARS program is to help mentees successfully transition into college and make Loyola their home.

Brittany Rivera

Sophomore | Environmental Science

Danielle Duchatellier

Junior | French and International Studies, with Women & Gender Studies minor

Hello there! This year I'm a sophomore that loves: sitting in coffee shops, baking (but mostly eating) scones, doing yoga, anything to do with Voltaire and talking social justice! One of the best parts of my freshman year here at Loyola was being a part of STARS. It allowed me to gain a better understanding of myself and all of the identities I possess. In gaining a better understanding of myself, I became more open to understanding other people's experiences and viewpoints. It was so great to be able to meet other people I could relate to. In the end, I became great friends with some amazing people with a lot to say, and I love learning from them. I highly encourage students to join STARS so that they can see and celebrate the diversity we have here at Loyola!

Elijah Ampo

Senior | Health Systems Management and Pre-Medicine 

Hans Sandoval

Sophomore | History and Political Science, with Spanish minor 

India McMiller

Sophomore | Journalism with Photography minor 

Jillion Caldwell

Junior Psychology and Communications (Advocacy and Social Change)

Hey everyone! I am very excited to be a STARS mentor this year and be and aid and a friend to all new incoming freshman. When I was in STARS my freshman year I learned so much about college and myself and I was able to grow in ways I never imagined. Deciding to be a part of STARS was one of the best decisions I made in my life and now I want to be able to put all of my efforts into the mentees like my mentor did for me. I am also very passionate about various social justice issues and being an advocate for those suffering with mental illnesses. I would like to one day become a clinical psychologist, a public speaker speaking against the stigma surrounding mental illness, and become involved in non-profit organizations like To Write Love on Her Arms that also support my cause (maybe even start my own!). In my spare time I love to listen to all kinds of music, attend concerts, write, hang out with friends, spend time at the lake and downtown, and try any new and fun things.

J.D. Robles

Senior Biology, with Asian Language and Literature minor

Bio coming soon!

Lauren Adams

Senior Women's Studies & Gender Studies, Education Policy Studies

Hello! My first experience with STARS was as a mentee, and it was life changing. I was surrounded by a supportive community of incredible people. Also, I was able to develop my identity and gradually discover who I am. The following year, I returned to STARS as a mentor because my experience with the program was so fulfilling. This year I am excited to continue to serve the STARS community as intern!

Miguel Ramirez

Senior | Psychology, with Neuroscience minor

Welcome to our family! My name is Miguel and I was born and raised right here in Chicago. I am the oldest of three sons and the first in my family to ever attend college. This will be my first year as a STARS mentor and I look forward to sharing all kinds of stories with you. I'm here to help make your transition as easy as possible so if you ever have a question or just need to talk I'm here for you. In my time at Loyola I can truthfully say that my mentors played a key role in me discovering who I am, I'd love to return the favor for you. What do I like to do in my spare time? I'm glad you asked! I love drawing, writing short stories, learning about different cultures but most of all I love to dance. I have been dancing for about eleven years now and I'd love to share what I know with you. My main goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable being you and loving the skin your in. I look forward to meeting you. Once again welcome to our family!

Rame Yousif

Junior | Biology, with Chemistry and Psychology minors

Hey everyone! STARS has provided me great support on my transition into college through campus resources and helping me develop my identity. Through the program I’ve been able to make new friendships and expand my knowledge about life-long values such as leadership and service. I decided to become a STARS mentor so that I could support and guide other first-year students during their transition into college. My future goal is to go on to medical school and hopefully one day become a physician. On my spare time I enjoy watching movies, spending time with family, reading, and learning about different cultures. I highly recommend students to join STARS because it’s a great way to get involved on campus, gain a new experience, and open new doors.