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PIPE’s primary mission is to originate and sustain an environment for students in a large university that will be conducive to retention and graduation. The principal components of this environment are individualized and group faculty and peer mentorship for academic success and leadership. Many P.I. students don’t do well or drop out of school because they face numerous barriers in the university system: they have been ill-prepared by their experiences in primary and high school education, they are usually the first in their family to go to college (and therefore have had no role models to look up to or prior knowledge about college), they are unaware of or have a difficult time accessing resources for academic success, and they are confronted by a campus environment that can be very alienating, impersonal, or even racist towards them. A lot of them are simply not encouraged by administrators, staff, faculty, and co-students to do well in school. PIPE is intended to “rescue” these students by attending to their needs individually and collectively through intensive mentoring sessions, close supervision of their academic progress, referrals to resources that can be vital to their success, discussions of strategies for doing better in school, facilitating study group sessions, and providing opportunities for them to be current and future student leaders. We focus on relationship building that creates a sense of family among our students.

Many P.I. students don’t do well or drop out of school because they face numerous barriers in the university system: they have been ill-prepared by their experiences in primary and high school education, they are usually the first in their family to go to college (and therefore have had no role models to look up to or prior knowledge about college), they are unaware of or have a difficult time accessing resources for academic success, and they are confronted by a campus environment that can be very alienating, impersonal, or even racist towards them. A lot of them are simply not encouraged by administrators, staff, faculty, and co-students to do well in school. PIPE is intended to “rescue” these students by attending to their needs individually and collectively through intensive mentoring sessions, close supervision of their academic progress, referrals to resources that can be vital to their success, discussions of strategies for doing better in school, facilitating study group sessions, and providing opportunities for them to be current and future student leaders. We focus on relationship building that creates a sense of family among our students.

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