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ACE Social Ecology is an innovative retention and peer mentoring program in the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine. Launched in Fall 2011, the program promotes academic excellence, leadership development, and community engagement to serve the school’s diverse, first-year and transfer student population. Since 2011, the program has positively impacted nearly 200 mentees and 60 peer mentors. A few former mentees in the program have become peer mentors in the program, while many have pursued on-campus leadership opportunities, while maintaining solid GPAs. Students attest their accomplishments during their first year at UCI and beyond due to their participation in the ACE Social Ecology Program.
The ACE Social Ecology Program offers many benefits to participants. To be eligible, you must be a new student (freshman or transfer) in the School of Social Ecology.
WHAT BENEFITS DO I GET AS A MENTEE?
*Earn 2 units of Social Ecology 198 (P/NP) each quarter.
*Receive mentorship from a trained upper-division student during your first year.
*Develop and expand your peer network through participation in service-learning projects and community-building activities.
*Participate in special workshops on topics such as time management, leadership development, campus and community resources, diversity and social justice issues, applying for scholarships, and stress management. Meet and connect with faculty, staff, and administrators who will serve as workshop presenters and facilitators.
*Obtain access to the Excellence Lab, a 24-hour study and lounge space in Social Ecology II.Have questions? E-mail: Alejandra Garibay, Program Director for ACE
The goal of this program is for undergraduate students in the School of Social Ecology to get to know their professors outside the classroom by taking them to lunch. Given the success of our pilot program with mentees in the School’s retention and peer mentoring program (ACE), we are expanding this student-faculty lunch program to all undergraduates in our School. Pairs of majors in our School are encouraged to approach one of their professors in Social Ecology and invite them to lunch at a campus eatery.
Once a mutually convenient date has been set, students will host the faculty member at an on-campus dining location using a meal card that they check out from Maria Spangenberg in the Office of Student Services (102 Social Ecology I). All campus dining locations are included in this program except University Club, Anthill Pub & Grille, Café Expresso, and Express Yourself.
Costs have been pre-paid by the School as part of the Dean’s Fund for Excellence in Undergraduate Education thanks to generous funding from our donors.
How It Works
Sample Questions Students Have Been Encouraged to Ask
Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more, download the following fliers:
Questions? Email Maria Spangenberg
High-achieving students can seek opportunities as research assistants on faculty research projects and as learning assistants in Social Ecology courses. Financial support is provided through a donor gift to the Dean's Excellence Fund to Enhance Undergraduate Education. Through engaged research and teaching, participating students gain valuable experiences interacting with faculty around research and teaching. If you are interested, reach out directly to your faculty about wanting to be a research assistant or learning assistant.