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STARS First Year Mentees

Interested in joining the STARS Mentorship Program? You must be an incoming first-year student who identifies as a first-generation college student and/or a student of color. Due to grant specifications, transfer students are not eligible to participate in this program. 

STARS Mentee recruitment for 2023-2024 academic year has closed. Applications for 2024-2025 year will open May 2024. 

There is no fee to join the STARS program. For questions, please email Jamie Capetillo at jcapetillo@luc.edu.  

STARS Interns

The STARS Intern plays an essential role in creating a mentorship experience that connects program participants to resources, support, and community that aids in their success at Loyola. Working closely with the Assistant Director for Leadership and Advocacy, the STARS Intern’s primary role is providing guidance, support, and supervision to the STARS peer mentors. In addition, their leadership asks of them to facilitate weekly meetings, serve as the lead in executing STARS events and programs, and provide critical feedback that supports the mission and values of the STARS program. Two interns are hired for each academic year.

STARS Peer Mentors

STARS Peer Mentors serve to support, encourage and assist first-year mentees in successfully navigating and transitioning into the academic, extracurricular, social, cultural dimensions of campus life at Loyola. Through one-on-one and group meetings, staff and faculty mentors are knowledgeable guides, thoughtful facilitators who provide access to people and resources, role models, and success advocates. In addition, peer mentors play a critical role in supporting the program planning, development and execution of numerous STARS signature gatherings and events throughout the academic year. 16 mentors are hired for each academic year.


Applications are closed for the 2024-2025 academic year. Applications for 2025-2026 will open January 2025. Email Jamie Capetillo (Assistant Director for Leadership & Social Justice) at jcapetillo@luc.edu if you have questions.