Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success

For Students

Go beyond the first-year college experience with one-on-one peer

Some college support resources end after the first-year experience. CHESS will extend that support through peer mentorship that partners minoritzed men entering their sophomore year at Moorpark College with rising juniors and seniors at Cal Lutheran.

The program begins with a 3-day residential Leadership Retreat that includes workshops on leadership, resilience, academic mindset, social and cultural capital, and career development.

Career planning activities continue through the year and the mentors and mentees keep in touch through monthly in person meetings and weekly mobile mentorship application communication.

Program Activities:
-Men's Summer Leadership Retreat
Three (3) day summer residential leadership retreat to kick-off the school year. Mentors and mentees will come together as hermanos (brothers). Activities and workshops focus on leadership in action, supporting resilience, academic growth mindset, building social and cultural capital, community engagement, and career development.
UNIV 2ST-CHESS Men's Initiative Seminar (for Cal Lutheran students)
-This is a 0 credit discussion based seminar that takes place fall and spring semesters. Course activities include short readings, viewing videos/Ted Talks, listening to podcasts, and other engaging material that invokes discussion of historical and contemporary issues men of color navigate in society and higher education. 
-Monthly meet up events that bring together mentors and mentees from Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College.
-Communicate weekly with peer mentors, mentees, and coaches using a specially developed mobile mentoring app.