Loyola University Chicago

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Student Academic Services

Meet the ACE Mentors


Peer mentors host a week-long Summer Transition Program for incoming first-year students the week before fall classes begin.  The Summer Transition Program includes a series of team-building activities, academic enrichment sessions, and a community service project.

Once the semester begins, peer mentors will assist a small group of ACE Scholars in acclimating to the college environment.  Peer mentors maintain regular contact with each ACE scholar in their small group and design programming to tailor to the needs of first-year students. Additionally, one-on-one mentoring will take place between peer mentors and new students throughout the academic year.

Below is a brief introduction to our team of peer mentors.  If you are an ACE student with questions about this service, please e-mail us at ace@luc.edu.

ACE Lead Peer Mentors

Ethan Bower

Major: Environmental Studies 

Minors: Business Administration 

Year: Senior

Involvement on campus: Student Environmental Alliance (SEA)

Favorite part of ACE: The people

Taylor Starkey 

Major: Political Science

Minors: Spanish and Non-Profit management

Year: Junior

Involvement on campus: Mock Trial, Loyola Inside Government

Favorite part of ACE: The community is built not only with your fellow ACE scholars but with Loyola staff in Sullivan and around campus.

ACE Peer Mentors

Wesley Yuen

Major: Political Science

Minors: Chinese & Criminal Justice 

Year: Junior

Involvement on campus: Army ROTC

Favorite part of ACE: A sense of community.

Briceyda Vivaldo


Major: Forensic Science 

Year: Sophomore

Involvement on campus: General Bio Lab preparer, Forensic Science Student Organization (FSSO) event organizer

Favorite part of ACE: How everyone is close and willing to help each other out. 

Brianna Brown

Major: Psychology

Year: Sophomore

Involvement on campus: Swim Club

Favorite part of ACE: The community that it brings! ACE is family to me :)

Casey Madeen


Major: Psychology

Year: Sophomore

Favorite part of ACE: Opportunities to see the city.

Manuel Cruz-Rivera

Major: Criminal Justice

Minor: Anthropology and Political Science

Year: Junior

Favorite part of ACE: Love the family that we are and all the support that we receive.

Nicole Keefner


Major: Nursing

Year: Sophomore

Involvement on campus: Acute Care Nursing

Favorite part of ACE: Having a built-in family.