Each Link Makes Us Stronger

Our Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program extends a bienvenida into the UCR familia to new first-year, transfer, and graduate students. One-on-one meetings, study sessions, and academic workshops all support a positive transition to UCR and promote new students’ academic, cultural, and social success.

An exemplar of student success, the Chicano Link Peer Mentor program has supported students for over 10 years. With over 300 students participants annually, this program works, over 95% of participants have a positive transition and continue to their second year!

  • Watch this video for help with the Chicano Link Peer Mentor Progra's application process. 
  • Check out our calendar for upcoming Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program events and workshops.
  • If you have questions, contact CSP's Arlene Cano.


Find a Mentor

Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program

Are you a new student? Apply to be a mentee today and discover how rewarding mentorship can be.

Mentee Benefits:

  • Build a strong network of support
  • Navigate UCR and learn about your campus and community resources
  • Connect with clubs and organizations
  • Attain major-specific advice on professors, projects, and key opportunities
  • Hone your study and time management skills
  • Develop cultural awareness
  • Adjust to campus life

Be a Mentor

Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program

Are you a current student? Apply to be a mentor today and discover how rewarding mentorship can be.

The role of a Chicano Link Peer Mentor is to connect with new UCR students, serve as a positive role model/mentor and assist incoming students with their transition to UCR. Through one-on-one virtual meetings and supplemental programming, mentors provide overall support, validation, and a sense of belonging. They serve as a referral of resources and as a liaison for the office of Chicano Student Programs. This position is a volunteer appointment for a one-year term, following a successful application in the spring quarter.

Mentor Requirements: 

  • Complete onboarding  by the end of summer (details to be shared once accepted in the program) 
  • Attend mandatory zero week training
  • Meet with assigned mentee(s) once every two weeks
  • Attend one Chicano Link virtual program per quarter (not required of graduate mentors)
  • Attend supplemental training/check-ins with coordinators as needed
  • Participate in all assessments/evaluations of the program
  • Complete community guidelines with assigned mentee(s) and submit quarterly logs
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5