Student Outreach and Retention Center

Pathfinder Program

The Pathfinder Peer Educator Program promotes holistic wellness through peer-to-peer consultations available to all UCI students. Pathfinders are trained to assess and identify student academic, mental, socio-emotional, financial, and campus belonging needs as well as directly connect students to campus resources. Pathfinders seek to stay aware of student needs to elevate concerns and better advocate for resources to continue to improve UCI undergraduate retention rates, especially for first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students.

Pathfinder sessions include:

  • Peer-to-peer coaching for students
  • Identify and address student needs
  • Navigate and connect to campus resources and services
  • Create an individual action plan for student success

And much more!

Hover over the pathfinders to learn more about them!

  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    I applied for SOAR as I wished to provide to other students what SOAR provided for me in the past: a place for me to feel like I was worthy as a UCI Student. I have struggled with the concept of me being here due to failure in classes from before, but SOAR and past Pathfinders have made me feel like I was not lost. I plan on working with any student to help them better themselves. Everyone deserves the opportunity to show that they are a hard worker; we just have to be willing to step out of that comfort zone first. 

Benjamin Amaya

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  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    I joined SOAR because I loved the sense of community and student empowerment that I discovered as a student studying in the space last year. Almost immediately, I decided it was something that I wanted to be a part of. Although I’m an English major, I am really interested in elementary school education and nonprofit work.I am also a first-generation college student and a commuter, so feel free to talk to me about either!

Christina Acevedo

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  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    I am a fun, down to earth, chill, and funny gal who likes to uplift people when they are feeling down and celebrate with them when they are in the best moments of their lives. I try my best to make you feel at home because sometimes we just need a person to be that anchor point. I decided to join SOAR because I want to be a part of campus that warmly welcomes its students without judgement and helps students to embrace who they are. 

Jazmin Ibarra

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  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    Hello! Hello! I joined the SOAR team hoping to be a part of a community that advocates, empowers, and provides access to resources for students here on campus. This space has given me a safe place to grow and seek guidance, something I plan to do for others as a Pathfinder Peer Educator. I also hope to provide a sense of community for others and help students navigate the different resources here on campus to help them reach their full potential. out of that comfort zone first. 

Jenny Tran

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  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    Hello everybody! I am from the Central Valley(Los Banos) and I love helping others. With SOAR, I'm finally able to be the resource I wished I had. I can offer my help, share my knowledge, hear and truly listen to what others may need, then refer them to resources at UCI. Even if you just want to talk about life, I am willing to listen and be there for students because I know that sometimes we just need someone to talk to.

Mayra Guerrero

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  • Pathfinder Peer Educator

    Hey everyone! I was born and raised in Stockton, California. I joined SOAR because I love helping my peers, and I wanted to make an impact within the UCI community. I want to see students succeed, feel comfortable, and build confidence throughout both their academic career and every aspect in their life! If you need help, don't be afraid to ask me! I'm looking forward to serving the UCI community!

Spencer Takechi

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