ASPIRE Programs and Services

First year students interacting

First-Year Student Learning Community

This first-time freshman/transfer student ASPIRE Learning Community focuses on culturally relevant approaches to personal growth and development. The first-year learning community is designed to foster relationships with faculty, staff and peers and offer personalized academic support for college success.

A photo of faculty who participated in the Faculty Learning Community

Faculty Learning Community

Faculty learning communities aim to increase awareness and the responsiveness of the faculty of College of Ethnic Studies to high need Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Faculty development trainings are conducted in the summer, winter and throughout the academic year. These training are in partnership with campus resources that serve and support students. Trainings have focused on working with students with disabilities, counseling and mental health and writing support.

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Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors support students who are enrolled in the first-year student learning community. Peer Mentors participate and lead learning community study circles, provide support in relation to course material within their GE courses and identify learning needs for classes and connecting students with tutors on campus. Peer support helps students in developing authentic relationships with each other and asks students to hold each other accountable in succeeding as a community.

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Educational psychologist, Gwen Agustin

Educational Testing

Gwen Agustin-Nodora is ASPIRE’s new Educational Psychologist. Her roles and responsibilities include psycho-educational assessments and evaluations for Learning Disabilities to students who have not been identified. She also support, coach, and advise students who have been identified to have a learning disability and act as liaison with Asian Pacific Islander Retention and Education Program (ASPIRE), Counseling and Psychological Services Center, and Disabilities Program and Resource Services (DPRC). Dr. Agustin-Nodora provides professional development, trainings and consultation to staff and faculty regarding accommodations, teaching strategies, disabilities, referrals and identifying signs, mental health, and other topics based on needs and trainings and workshops to students regarding accommodations, coping with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs, study habits, social skills, career readiness, and other topics based on needs.

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