University Peer Mentoring
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PROJECT A.I.M. ~ Asian &
International Mentoring Program
Empower inner strengths and improve life skills for
Project A.I.M. is to provide comprehensive support for Asian
students and international students to successfully achieve college
transition, life adjustment, cultural assimilation, academic
excellence, and leadership and career development.
Project A.I.M. strives to create a social and intellectual learning
environment outside of the classroom where our Asian students and
international students can enhance the quality of student life and
learning experience, and will confidently contribute to our dynamic
campus community through their unique experiences at St.
We commit to provide guidance and support to gain global insights,
value cultural diversity, and communicate effectively in networking
- Helping establish positive mentoring relationships through an
atmosphere of openness in which meaningful communication and trust
- Helping locate campus resources that St. John’s has to
offer and gain a greater appreciation for campus life
- Helping become knowledgeable at team work and
- Helping increase awareness of and ability to appreciate and to
interact with other social and cultural groups within the
- Helping define next steps to achieve goals
- Helping develop life skills for personal empowerment by
offering advance opportunities for personal, social, cultural,
leadership, and professional growth.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will discover the essence of being a
positive role model representing Project A.I.M. and the general
philosophy of Student Affairs, and will motivate and sustain their
enthusiasm for the program.
2. Students will evaluate the importance of
teamwork and collaboration and exercise effective communication
3. Students will learn about the challenges and
barriers their peers face and become more sensitive to those
4. Students will gain confidence in their
abilities to make a difference in the lives of themselves and their
5. Students will increase global awareness and
knowledge about other cultures to better their influence on the
6. Students will develop a sense of one's
strengths and weaknesses as a leader.
7. Students will be able to identify academic
goals and objectives and know how to determine opportunities and
activities that can broaden their college experiences.
8. Students will receive continuing training
opportunities and become more skilled at developing mentoring
Ways to Get Involved in Project
Sponsored by the Department of Student Life, Project A.I.M. is
subdivided into three programmatic areas: Project A.I.M.: Asian
Mentoring, Project A.I.M.: International Mentoring, and Project
A.I.M.: General Body.
Asian Mentoring Program
All St. John’s University Asian students participating in this
program are provided assistance in expanding networking and
improving leadership skills that helps them become actively
involved in campus activities, student organizations, and other
professional programs based on their individual interests at St.
International Mentoring Program
New international students and international sophomores
participating in this program are assigned a peer mentor team to
help them with their college transition, language barrier, social
expansion, career development, and cultural assimilation in
Project A.I.M.: General Body
All St. John’s University students who register as Project A.I.M.
members benefit from the weekly and weekend events/workshops, and
many other fun and cultural trips. General student body will have
the life-enriching opportunity to meet people from all over the
Students participating in Project A.I.M.
• One To One Interaction
with Mentors: Throughout the entire academic year, mentors
offer consistent academic, social, cultural, and personal support
through phone calls, e-mails, and personal meetings.
• Personal Assistance
with English Speaking Skills: Mentees will have
opportunities to practice speaking English and expand their social
network in a supportive environment.
• Weekly Cross-Cultural
Awareness Programming: Members have the options to attend a
variety of on and off-campus activities celebrating the cultural
diversity of our students and our nation in a social setting.
Activities include cross-cultural events, educational and
leadership workshops, traditional American holiday programs,
cultural trips to New York City for Broadway shows, museums, and
Regulations Seminars: Students who hold F-1 or J-1 visas are
invited to seminars presented by professionals and immigration
attorneys to receive the most recently updated immigration
regulations including CPT, OPT, H1B, Traveling, and other important
information related to the SEVIS system.
• Civil and Social
Responsibility: Students are encouraged to join in community
services projects that help sharpen souls, strengthen bonding with
others, and experience the Vincentian Tradition of serving the poor
and giving back to the society through community services.
• Holiday Family Friend
Program: All St. John’s international students are
encouraged to apply for this program to experience American
holidays, such as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and party on
the Queens Campus and 3-day Thanksgiving celebration with Amish
Mennonite Families in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
• Asian Alliance
Roundtable: STJ Asian students, administrators and faculty
members congregate to discuss strategies that help enrich students’
learning experience at St. John’s including campus-related issues
and concerns, needs for meaningful campus engagement, and
programmatic collaboration among Asian organizations and interest
• English Language Table
Certificate Program: All St. John’s International students
are invited to attend this program that encourages communication
and socialization opportunities through weekly informal
interactions with American students to help develop in
comprehension of spoken English, assimilation to the American
cultures, friendships with American students. Students who attend
all sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion in
Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs