Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

History of STARS



Since 1986, the Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS) program has supported the retention and success of Loyola University Chicago students. The program connects first-year students, particularly students of color and first-generation college students, with successful upper-class students for individual and group mentoring. Peer mentors provide mentees with guidance and advice throughout the first year of college and assist with their transition to campus life. In addition, mentors participate in academic, social, cultural, and leadership activities designed by the peer mentors to support and facilitate their menteeā€™s success at Loyola.

The STARS program is funded with generous sponsorship from the Siragusa Family Foundation, a local family foundation committed to supporting Chicago-area organizations that focus on arts and culture, education, the environment, health, or human services. The Siragusa Foundation works in partnership with organizations, communities and other philanthropic entities to connect those in need of services, bridge people to opportunities, and engage them as valued individuals in a caring society with the purpose of fulfilling basic needs, enhancing quality of life and fostering a sense of community.