What is the AIM Program?
Founded in 1993, the Asian American Interactive Mentoring Program (AIM) program matches Asian American sophomore students with Asian American faculty, staff and alumni for one-on-one mentoring experiences. AIM seeks to provide these students with mentors who are sensitive to cultural differences that may affect a student’s experience and success at Stanford. AIM also seeks to provide faculty, staff and alumni with a means of interacting with undergraduates in a meaningful way.
How AIM Could Benefit You: A Letter from the AIM Coordinator
Greetings! Congratulations on finishing your freshmen year at Stanford! I hope your first year was full of wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories. Also, I hope you are looking forward to starting a new and exciting sophomore year in the fall!
My name is Vy Le, a rising junior from Oregon majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Biology. I have been a staff member at the Asian American Activities Center since I was a freshman. One fun fact about me - I took a whole year off from Stanford after my sophomore year for volunteering abroad and public health work! In the upcoming school year, I am very excited to serve as the coordinator for the Asian American Interactive Mentoring (AIM) Program.
Participating in AIM is a great way to develop a strong and lasting relationship with a member of the Stanford and Asian American communities as well as open doors to new relationships. AIM helps to facilitate this process because it is both structured and, at the same time, very flexible and accommodating. Each quarter, we host a dinner where all mentors and mentees can meet. Each mentor and mentee can also schedule their own outings based on their schedule and interests. In participating with AIM, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Asian American Activities Center. Even if you may not be familiar with the A3C (A-“cubed”-C), this is a great way to connect to a valuable on-campus resource that serves the Asian American and Stanford communities and beyond. As with anything, what you put into it is exactly what you get out of it. And trust me, it’ll be worth doing!
As a past mentee in the program, I was privileged to be paired up with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor. I never had any prior formal mentoring experience, so I was very nervous at first, but AIM made it so easy and enjoyable. My mentor and I met quite a bit outside of AIM events - one of my favorite times was when we volunteered together. Although I am a pre-med, conversations between my doctor mentor and I span way beyond career related issues. She really made an effort in getting to know me as an individual, and we still keep in touch.
The mentors we will be assigning to you are as excited for this upcoming year as I am. This is a unique and worthwhile opportunity only available your sophomore year, and I hope you take time to consider applying to be a part of the AIM program. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to having you be part of the AIM family!
Vy Phuong Le
AIM Coordinator 2014-2015
Questions about the Program
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the AIM Coordinator, Vy Le.