Chico Adelante Program


The Adelante Wayfinders Mentoring Program seeks sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in creating clear paths to graduation through peer-guided career and graduate school exploration, research opportunities and community building.  

The Adelante Wayfinders Mentoring Program will have both Zoom and in-person opportunities to gather and connect throughout the academic year. New mentees are admitted for the entire 2022-2023 academic year.

Fall 2022: New Adelante Wayfinders mentees will be required to enroll in Adelante's UNIV 298 Wayfinders: Forging a Path to Graduate School which will be held once a week (Thursdays 4-5:50 PM). Once admitted into the program, mentees will be allowed to enroll in the course for the Fall 2022 schedule. UNIV 298 is a 2-unit elective course and mentees will receive credit/no credit at the end of the Fall 22 semester.

UNIV 298 will give you an opportunity to meet with your Grad mentor and peer group weekly as well as connect with other Adelante peer groups. This is a brand-new element of the Adelante Program for Fall 2022, and we hope it facilitates building community and engaging in additional in-person activities across mentee groups.  

Spring 2023: New Adelante mentees do not have a course requirement this semester but will maintain meeting with their Graduate Mentors twice a month for focused support with Graduate School exploration/applications, research applications, and application to financial support such as the Wildcat Scholarship Application. Peer Groups will of course also meet to attend social events and continue building community.  

A preliminary review of applications will begin May 10th and students will remain OPEN on a rolling basis until program capacity is reached!

  • Sophomores, juniors, or seniors in good academic standing
  • Latine AND/OR low income
Program Benefits and Requirements:
  • Join a group of approximately 10 peers supported by an Adelante PeerPlus Graduate mentor. Your Adelante peer group will meet weekly during the Adelante UNIV 298 course Thursdays 4-5:50 PM. You will also meet with your Graduate Peer-Plus Mentor twice a month to build community at an event or social gathering of your peer group choice!  
  • Explore Graduate School and career pathways by attending the Graduate Workshop Series hosted by The Adelante Outreach Program in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies. These workshops will be scheduled during Adelante's UNIV 298 weekly class meeting.
  • Connect with campus resources that support your academic and personal success, including increasing your sense of belonging and challenging the imposter syndrome.
  • Participate and attend community engagement events, presentations, and workshops in topics such as: diversity and equity, Latine student support, mental health and wellness, financial literacy, basic needs and study skills geared toward becoming a graduate student. The majority of these events and workshops will be hosted through partner programs and departments and incorporated into Adelante's UNIV 298 course. All events and workshops outside the UNIV 298 course will be optional.
  • Access to our Blackboard Community: Adelante Wayfinders Mentoring Program, containing the UNIV 298 syllabus with a schedule of all presentations, resources, and web links to events and workshops.
  • Be supported through the Chico State Wildcat Scholarship Application and the Summer Research application to become a paid Adelante Researcher and work with a faculty research mentor developing a significant research project aligned with your post-college plans and interests.

For more regarding the Wayfinders Mentoring Program, please contact Joanna Herrera, Student Success Coordinator at  

Apply now to become an Adelante Wayfinder