Peer Mentors

TRIO Scholars have the opportunity to have a peer mentor. TRIO Peer Mentors provide one-on-one support, as well as host group meetings, to build community and provide general support. Additionally, they coordinate quarterly socials and community service opportunities. TRIO Peer Mentors act as resources and guides for the scholars!


Michelle Sanchez, TRIO Peer Mentor

I was a former Undergrad Undeclared student during my first two years and am willing to help anyone that is going through the process. In addition, I can provide wellness resources. I am here to provide support to the best of my abilities 

Coming into a new environment is scary… especially being a first-generation student. Don’t worry! I want you to know that Trio has your back!!! As a team, we are here to help you grow and succeed.

Fun fact about me: In my free time, I enjoy painting and binge-watching shows like The Good Doctor or Grey’s Anatomy.

Affinity Group: UU & First Years

Mel Molina, TRIO Peer Mentor

I’m a fourth-year student majoring in Education Sciences, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, and Political Science. I am a strong believer in the power of students – through engaging in youth empowerment initiatives and student support programs, I have learned about the transformative knowledge students have. I am always happy to talk more about my experiences within my majors, research, and opportunities to work within the realm of education at UCI. I look forward to supporting you this year!

Affinity Group: Social Ecology, Social Sciences, and Education

Kim Aguilar, TRIO Peer Mentor

Hey y’all! I’m Kim and I am a third-year Business Economics major with a specialization in International Issues and Economics. This year I am one of the peer mentors whose focus group is research. This past year I spent doing research with UCI’s Corporate Welfare program. I love doing research, but please feel free to reach out to me if you want to talk about other topics like internships, art, or just how to manage the stress that being a college student brings! Other fun facts about me are that I love doing realistic black and grey drawings and painting in general. I’m an awkward human but please just bear with me! I promise I will always do my best to help you out as much as I can. Whether that be in studying, navigating through classes, or even just helping you out through stressful times, I’ve got your back! I can’t wait to meet you guys and interact with y’all!

Affinity Group: Research