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SSSP Peer Mentoring

Our Peer Mentors are experienced UH Hilo students in their Junior and Senior year who entered UH Hilo as a Freshman or transfer student and have successfully transitioned to the university setting. Our Peer Mentors are in the SSSP program and first generation college students. The goal of our Peer Mentoring program is to create a supportive community of peers and to develop the personal, academic, and leadership skills of first generation college students at UH Hilo.

Photos from the Fall 2016 Freshman & Transfer Forum:

Group Picture from Fall 16 Freshman & Transfer Forum
Group Funny Face Picture from Fall 2016 Freshman and Transfer Forum
Photo of Peer Mentor Kash Laeda Freshman Zoe Whitney


Fall 2016 Peer Mentors

Jerold Cabel

Jerold Cabel Photo Spring 2017

"Hi, my name is Jerold Cabel and I am a Junior at UH Hilo, majoring in Pre-Nursing and Health Care Administration. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawai╩╗i in 2003, when I was seven years old. I am currently Historian for the Bayanihan Club and serve as the Reporter 2 for HOSA: Future Health Professionals. My career goal is to be Registered Nurse."



Marleah Renti Cruz

Marleah Renti Cruz Picture

"Aloha e 'oukou, my name is Marleah Renti Cruz. I am from Kekaha, Kaua'i and I graduated from Waimea High School. My major is Hawaiian History, with a minor in Hawaiian Studies. I volunteer with Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, the UH Hilo Conversation Partner Program and also with SSSP. I love playing the 'ukulele, hanging with friends, going to the beach, singing and traveling. Just recently, I started learning how to play the guitar."


Kaipo Wahinepio

Kaipo Wahinepio Peer Mentor Pic

Kaipo is a Junior at UH Hilo majoring in Hawaiian History. He is also minoring in Anthropolgy & Hawaiian Studies and a Pre-Law Certificate. He is originally from Kaimuki, O╩╗ahu and graduated from Kamehameha-Kap─ülama.