Spider FLI Mentors

Welcome to the Spiders FLI Mentor Program, which features returning first-generation and/or low-income student mentors with small groups of incoming Spiders FLI mentees. The mentors are all academically successful and very excited to work with new first-gen students. They will meet with their groups weekly through the first month of the semester and biweekly after that. They will be available to talk about any and all challenges you may have settling in academically or socially and will be well versed about any campus resources you might need.

All Spider FLI mentors and mentees will also be invited to gather for larger social events periodically throughout the semester.

If you are interested in having a mentor, you can read about them and identify the ones you would most like to work with. Most mentors are working in pairs and one will be working on their own. You can let us know your top three preferences on your application. There is no guarantee of getting your first choice but I can promise they are all great.

Not sure if you need a mentor? What harm could it do? It will give you another person to reach out to with questions, who can help you think through which clubs to join, how to manage your time listen and offer advice if you are feeling stressed, and anything else you need to know. 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The 2021-2022 program is open to all new first-year and transfer students who are officially designated as a first-generation student and/or low=income student. If you are not sure if that applies to you contact Lisa Miles.

Apply

There is a short application form. Applications will be accepted as space is available.

Questions?

Contact Lisa Miles in the Student Center for Equity & Inclusion with any questions you may have. 

Resources

The Mentors have identified campus resources for their mentees to access quickly for academic, emotional, or social support. Check this linktree to access a quick list of websites to guide you to campus support services.

Mentor Pairs

Learn more about our mentor pairs below.

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  • Chris Ortiz & Jasmin Portillo

     Christopher Ortiz

    Chris Ortiz

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Round Lake Park, IL

     

    Area of Study: Accounting, with possible minor in Philosophy

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am the treasurer of Solidarity Organization for Latinx Students (SOLS), a Peer Advising and Mentor (PAM) mentor, a mentor in the Scholars Latino Initiative , and an Ambassador for the Robins School Endeavor course. 

     

    Personal Statement: I chose to be a mentor because I know how daunting it can be to be a first-year on campus, and therefore I wanted to help welcome our class of 2024!

     Jasmin Portillo

    Jasmin Portillo

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Richmond, VA

     

    Area of Study: Political Science and Economics

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am in APO (community service fraternity), SOLS (Solidarity for Latinx Students), SEEDs (alternative spring break), PAM mentor, and a Spanish TA. I love going to the movies and concerts. I also enjoy going up to Charlottesville and finding new trails to hike.

     

    Personal Statement: I decided to become a mentor because I remember the challenges I faced freshman year as a first-get student and I want to be there and help people who face similar challenges. I am fluent in Spanish and speak a little bit of French. I am here to help anyone who has any questions or if you just feel like you need someone to talk to.

     

  • John Mulligan & Danny Sollecito

    John Mulligan

    John Mulligan

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Emerson, NJ

     

    Area of Study: Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance; possible minor in Leadership Studies

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am currently in Kappa Sigma Fraternity, UR Players (Theater Club), Club Swimming, Bonner Scholars Program, and BARK Club. Next year I plan to rush a professional business fraternity.

     

    Personal Statement: I chose to become a mentor so I could make deep connections with the incoming freshmen class, and also help them to have the best experience possible on campus both in and out of the classroom. Also a fun fact: I’m a triplet!

    Danny Sollecito

    Danny Sollecito

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: New Milford, NJ

     

    Area of Study: Business Administration with concentration in finance and marketing

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: My hobbies include photography, track and field, soccer, music, intramurals, and writing and I work on campus at the Parsons Music Library.

     

    Personal Statement: I became a mentor because I wanted to help people adjust to college with less stress and be a reliable resource you can call on any time. I also have a twin brother at the University of Richmond, so yes, you are seeing double.

     

     

  • Michelle Chiang & Amy Jeon

    Michelle Chiang

    Michelle Chiang

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

     

    Area of Study: Business Administration, possible minor in Computer Science

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I play flute and piano and love going to concerts, hiking, trying new foods, and drawing and painting. I’m in the Asian American Student Union, Spider Advertising, American Marketing Association, Women in Business, Sustainability Club, and Planned Parenthood 

     

    Personal Statement: I chose to be a mentor because I wish I had someone to be there for me during my freshman year, not only for guidance but also as a friend with more experience around campus. Something I’m really passionate about is good music (Frank Ocean and Kid Cudi have my heart forever).

    Amy Jeon

    Amy Jeon

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

     

    Hometown: Wayne, NJ

     

    Area of Study: Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am a part of Korean American Student Association, Asian American Student Association, BARK Club, and I work at ETC, the campus convenience store. I also love music, watching Korean dramas, doing puzzles, and going out to eat and hanging out with friends.

     

    Personal Statement: I am from North Jersey but I was born in South Korea! My go to comfort-binge shows are Parks and Recreation and Friends. I became a mentor because I want to make sure that others feel like they have someone to rely on and talk to on campus. I was also a mentee last year and I loved the friendships I built from it.

     

  • Krystian Hajduczka & Brian Garcia

    Krystian Hajduczka

    Krystian Hajduczka

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Trenton, NJ

     

    Area of Study: Journalism and Leadership Studies, possible minor in Econonimcs or Finance

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I love anything sports-related, as well as watching movies, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. At UR, I write for The Collegian student newspaper, was the manager of the football team, and volunteered at Youth Life

     

    Personal Statement: I’m just a first gen trying to help out other first gens. "Started off poor with plans to own more..."

    Brian Garcia

    Brian Garcia

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

     

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

     

    Area of Study

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I’m not officially in any clubs, but I am interested in joining Spiders Against Sexual Assault & Violence (SASAV). For 2021-22 SY, I will work at ETC, the campus convenience store, and as an RA! I’m really looking forward to branching out and trying new things I wasn’t able to do due to the pandemic.

     

    Personal Statement: I chose to become a mentor because I want to guide the inexperienced through their first year with ease. I want to give them the opportunity to reach out and ask questions without fear, as I did when I was a mentee. Lastly, I just want to make their first year as fun and easy as possible!

  • Alejandra De Leon & Stephanie Guza

    Ali De Leon

    Alejandra De Leon

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

     

    Area of Study: Business Administration and Leadership Studies, minoring in Environmental Studies

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am involved in a variety of extracurricular activities (so feel free to reach out if you have any questions!). Some include American Marketing Association, brother in Alpha Kappa Psi (Professional Fraternity), CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach), Camp Kesem, Club Basketball, and a tour guide.

     

    Personal Statement: Hi everyone! My name is Alejandra and I am so excited to meet you as you start your college career. I am delighted to be a mentor to answer any questions you may have as well as being here to talk if you need anything. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions I am more than happy to talk to you!!

     Stephanie Guza

    Stephanie Guza

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

     

    Hometown: Stamford, CT

     

    Area of Study: Health Studies and Business Administration

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I lift at the gym every day, play club tennis, and am a Bonner scholar who interns at a health clinic called Health Brigade  during the school year. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, going out to eat and hammocking :)

     

    Personal Statement: I chose to become a mentor because I enjoy sharing my experiences with others, forming new relationships, and I want to help other first-gens have a smooth transition to college. I also was a mentor in high school, so I wanted to continue having that role in college. I am super easygoing and outgoing, definitely feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

  • Milly Santana & Chris Torres

    Milly Santana

    Milly Santana

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Norfolk, VA

     

    Area of Study: PPEL (politics concentration) and LALIS, minoring in Leadership Studies

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I’m in SOLS (the Solidarity Network for Latinx Students), I work at ETC, the campus convenience store, and am a PAM mentor. I like to watch movies, go out on late night walks, and hang out by the James River 

     

    Personal Statement: I am Hispanic/Latina and grew up in a Honduran household and am fluent in Spanish. I chose to be a mentor because I think that having someone to answer your questions honestly and with no judgment is super important when you are a freshman. I am passionate about immigration and hope to become an immigration lawyer.

    Chris Torres

    Chris Torres

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2024

     

    Hometown: Houston, TX

     

    Area of Study: I hope to major in Mathematical Economics and Minor in Biology.

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: During my first year at UR I was a part of the Bonner Scholars program and SOLS, the Latinx student organization. This upcoming semester, I am participating in a Sophomore Scholars in Residence course and am also hoping to join Crew again. During my free time I like to watch movies with friends or go explore the downtown Richmond area.

     

    Personal Statement: I would like to be a mentor this year so that I can pay forward the tremendous amount of help that I received during my first year. I benefited greatly from this mentor program and I learned how to ease my transition from Houston to Richmond with the help of mentors. Now I would like to step up and help others during their transition to UR. 

  • Dominique Pham & Camryn Carter

    Dominique Pham

    Dominique Pham

     

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

     

    Hometown: Lorton, VA


    Area of Study: I am majoring in Biology with an interest in field ecology, and minoring in Environmental Studies.

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I will be an executive chair of AASU (Asian American Student Union) and am a Bonner Scholar. Aside from being a FLI mentor, I am also a FLI Ambassador as well as a mentor for the Westhampton Web. I am an Orientation Advisor for NSO (New Student Orientation) and Multicultural Pre- O, and will be a peer instructor for a WELL 100 course. I am also involved in undergraduate research. As for hobbies, I love to explore campus and play most games! I am also really interested in plants!

     

    Personal Statement: I am passionate about having meaningful experiences, connections, and conversations! I became a mentor because I wanted to be an approachable resource, as I was often intimidated as an incoming Spider, and offer my knowledge and full support to those who seek it. Really, I just want to be helpful and have a fun time!

    Camryn Carter

    Camryn Carter

     

    Expected Year of Graduation

     

    Hometown: North Chesterfield, VA

     

    Area of Study: I am majoring in Computer Science and Minoring in Chemistry

     

    Clubs and Hobbies: I am a Bonner Scholar and on the Club track team. My hobbies are watching movies with friends, going to parks, doing research on campus, and having game nights with my suitemates.

     

    Personal Statement: I am passionate about computer science and I love talking about organic chemistry. I enjoy being a mentor to incoming students because I have experienced the difficulty of this new transition. Luckily, I had friends and mentors to guide me during my first year and continue to support me. I just want to provide this resource and experience to someone else.

  • Razan Khalil

    Razan Khalil

    Razan Khalil

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2023

    Hometown: Chicago, IL

    Area of Study: Psych with a concentration in neuroscience on the pre-PA track

    Clubs and HobbiesRazan is an experienced mentor who has offered to run a mentor group solo this year. She is currently bringing the organization Student Justice in Palestine (SJP) to campus. She is a mentor, an intern, and an RA. Her hobbies include activist-led work, organizing, rock climbing, biking, styling and shaping eyebrows, and reading.

    Personal Statement: I’ve always looked up to the mentors in my life who have helped me get to where I am today. I chose to be a mentor because I want to do the same for others; having someone to go to for questions is the most helpful thing, especially in college! I am a strong advocate for mental health and would like to focus on the field of mental health as a Physician’s Assistant.