Kaibigang Pilipino’s Student Teaching Academic and Retention Program

KP STAR is a student-run program designed to promote the retention and increase graduation rates of Filipin@s at UCSD in order to advance the hope of achieving diversity at institutions of higher education. Through its three distinct yet cohesive components, KP STAR strives to cultivate and strengthen a unified community that supports each other through struggle and challenges each other to realize personal and academic success.

Kuya/Ate/Ading Component:

The Kuya/Ate/Ading Component provides mentors that facilitate and build one-to-one relationships with incoming freshpeople. Mentors act as role models and positive influences in the social transition of their mentees. The component aims to create a sense of community and long-lasting supportive relationship between mentors and mentees.

Academic Component:

The Academic Component provides workshops that facilitate students’ academic transition. These workshops focus on study skills, time management, academic career planning, matriculation to graduate school, post-grad transition and academic resources. Peer Study Groups bring together students either in the same field, major or classes to discuss and study current class material. The Academic Component provides study groups to encourage and exhibit academic success.

Peer Counseling Component:

Established in 2005, the Peer Counseling Component of Kaibigang Pilipino’s Student Teaching Academic and Retention (KPSTAR) Program was originally created to serve the needs of Kaibigang Pilipino members. A couple of members of Kaibigang Pilipino at the time felt the need for a more intimate space for KP members to connect on a one-on-one basis.

Due to the increasing growth of the greater Pilipin@ community, the need to cater to those who may not necessarily associate with KP was addressed. With the emergence of Kapwa Tao, which includes but is not limited to Kabayanihan, Kaibigang Pilipino and Kamalayan Kollective, a couple of individuals felt and hoped that it would be appropriate for the peer counseling component to take on the approach of truly embodying what Kapwa Tao really means, which in English translates to “fellow human being”. Although based in KPSTAR, peer counselors are now seen to serve the greater Pilipin@ community within UCSD.

Peer Counselors (PC’s) serve as a form of maintaining retention among Pilipin@ students at UCSD through KPSTAR. Along with the Kuyas and Ates of the Kuya-Ate-Ading Component and the Study Groups of the Academic Component, PC’s strive to strengthen the inner workings amongst individuals, underscore its values of communication, personal support and retention.

PC’s are closely related to Academic Transition Counselors (ATC) of the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) as well as Peer Educators/Supporters found in various community centers across campus. PC’s, ATC’s, PE/S’s, and any helping positions alike, need the fundamental characteristics necessary to help their peers. For this reason, PC’s are chosen on the basis of their human relation skills.