The ESTRELLAS Peer Mentoring Program, sponsored by Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), is a one-year program designed to assist incoming students who are part of Dominican’s “bridge” program, Transitions. Students are matched with peer mentors who motivate, guide, and inspire students through various developmental activities. Students also receive stipends for their participation.


The ESTRELLAS Peer Mentoring Program’s mission is to close the achievement gap, increase the college retention rate between underserved students and their peers, and foster engagement which leads to increased academic and personal success. The program follows a curriculum which includes 1-on-1 mentoring meetings between mentors and mentees, general meetings, workshops, conferences, and other educational and social activities.

Program Goals

The program is centered around four areas of growth:

  • Learning
  • Social
  • Personal
  • Institutional

Students will be guided by their mentors and program staff as they become immersed in a culture of growth and learning, expand their sense of academic self, feel increasingly engaged in the Dominican community, and learn more about the mission, vision, and values of our institution. They will have the opportunity to become familiar with community resources, cultivate interpersonal skills and self-awareness, explore their identities from a multicultural lens, and build strong relationships within the Dominican community.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

At Dominican we are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our students so that they can develop necessary personal and professional skills to sustain them both at Dominican and beyond. Student peer mentors are selected each summer to serve for the entirety of the subsequent academic year. Mentors draw from their own experience at the institution, as well as from their training provided by the program coordinator, to inform and guide new Dominican students who are making the transition from high school to the diverse academic, intellectual, and social culture that they find within our institution. Mentors also receive stipends for their participation.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please be on the lookout for our application each May. Learn more about becoming a peer mentor.