The transition from high school to college can be tough, but through a new mentoring program, first year students can receive the
help they need in making it through their first year.
The Wildcat Intercultural Network, or WIN, was initiated by Jason Rodriquez, director of multicultural programs. With the help of Amy
Bumatai, the multicultural programs intern, and senior Elizabeth Guzman Arroyo, the student cordinator and multicultural programs
summer intern, the program came to life during the summer leading up to the 2013-2014 school year.
“WIN was created to help students succeed inside and outside the classroom,” Rodriquez said.
Through WIN, first year students and transfer students are matched up with an older peer, who can help them by being another
source of support on campus. Mentors can help their new students with anything, such as finding tutoring, where to eat off-campus, and
go to get their hair done. They also help with meeting their cultural needs, by leading them to their cultural food and religious practices.
Rodriquez and the Multicultural programs staff worked through the 2013 spring semester to find mentors for the program.
“I was really looking for a diverse group of students,” Rodriquez said. “I was excited to see a lot of applicants apply for this program.”
Mentors’ majors range anywhere from anthropology to chemistry, English to Japanese, and exercise science to psychology. Mentors
are also involved around campus in with big groups like Greek life to something more personal like outdoors club, and pre-nursing club
to Hawaiian club.
2.5 [grade point average], we prefer [them to] have to be involved. We have such a strong mentor group, and they know the benefits of
be mentored, so they’re going to lead by example so the first year students are successful.”
Starting the school year off, WIN has around 50 first year students registered, but is still hoping to grow.
There is still time for first year students to join WIN. Another interest meeting will be held at Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Pioneer
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