Peer Mentor Program

The Center for Multicultural Access and Success (CMAS) would like to welcome you to Joliet Junior College and congratulate you for taking the next step in your educational journey. CMAS offers a variety of services to assist new students in transitioning to college life. Our department provides leadership opportunities, cultural enrichment, and access to resources to help you achieve your greatest potential. One of the many resources we have is our Peer Mentor Program. The program is designed to help new students learn about the school, where to go, and what to do through an assigned Peer Mentor.

Meet Our 2020-2021 Peer Mentors Below



Alexandria Whittenhall

"Hi! My name is Ally Whittenhall and I am a Peer Mentor at JJC for the 2020-2021 academic year. This will be my third and final year at Joliet Junior College where I will graduate with my associated in Arts Degree. After JJC, I plan to transfer to a four year university to major in Nursing. I live in Romeoville, IL. I am a full time student, and also have a part time job as a Certified Nurses Assistant. My goal is to one day work as a Nurse in a hospital. In my spare time I enjoy dancing and making plans with friends. I also like being involved at school by participating in a variety of clubs and the JJC Cheer and Dance Team. Some of the things that I enjoy most about JJC is that they are always offering activities, advice, and opportunities to their students. Overall, this school is a very welcoming environment. I became a Peer Mentor because I would like to contribute towards that environment. College can be an intimidating thought at first, but you might be surprised at how great it can be. I am a positive and friendly person. If you ever find that you have any questions or need help finding information, please let me know. I would be happy to help."




David Lozano

"Hi! My name is David Lozano. I am a second year student at Joliet Junior College. My major is currently undecided and I plan to transfer to a four-year school after JJC. I was born and raised in Joliet and have much pride in that. I serve as the current president of the JJC Latinos Unidos Club here on campus. My goals after JJC are to one day become the Mayor of Joliet and live a happy and successful life on my rancho. I enjoy playing music and hanging out with my friends. I am a pretty chill guy so feel free to ask questions or just say hi if you ever see me around. You will most likely catch me in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (now Center for Multicultural Access and Success). Holding a student leadership position, on campus, has made me a more responsible person and has helped introduce me to ways to help my fellow students. Peer Mentoring is one of these ways. I became a Peer Mentor to help students achieve success no matter their situation or knowledge of higher education."


Ericka Gonzalez Guzman

"Hello! My name is Ericka Gonzalez Guzman, I am an Environmental Science Major. I grew up in Mexico City and moved to Romeoville Illinois 5 years ago. This means that I am bilingual! In my free time I love gardening and watching DIY videos about gardening. I also like being outdoors biking, hiking, or skateboarding. Indoors, I like to read and watch movies or nature documentaries. Currently, I am in my 4th year as a part-time student, I will graduate in Fall 2021. My goal is to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a career as a sustainability consultant. There are so many opportunities that JJC can offer to you. Like inspiring professors and advisors, leadership, and scholarship opportunities too! This semester I am excited to serve as the VP of Scholarships for the PTK honor society here at JJC. Also, I am thrilled to be a Peer Mentor because I want to share with you what I know about college life in JJC, mainly I want to meet and learn about new people and make new friends!"


Evelin Pantoja

"Hi! My name is Evelin Pantoja, and this would be my second year at JJC. I've lived my entire life here in Joliet and I'm happy to call it my home. Currently, I'm exploring the field of psychology as a major, Industrial and Organizational Psychology has piqued my interest as a potential career. I plan to transfer to Lewis University for my Bachelor's, then potentially to DePaul University for graduate school. I'm involved with Latinos Unidos at JJC, which has been a beacon of light for me being a first-year student. The inclusivity and the feeling of family is what I've enjoyed the most about the club and JJC overall. I decided to become a Peer Mentor because it was an opportunity that was presented to me that I wish I had known about before. As a first-generation college student, being a Peer Mentor would mean I could be there for students in a similar situation, because there is nothing worse than feeling you are on your own. Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with loved ones, indulging into a good book, and playing video games."


Frimpong Boateng

"Hello, I am Frimpong Boateng, and I am a Peer Mentor at Joliet Junior College. I began JJC in the spring of 2019, and my goal is to graduate with an associate's degree in science. Afterwards, I will transfer to a university to complete a B.S. in Biochemistry. I am also a tutor at the tutoring and learning center, where I guide students in concepts relating to math, and chemistry. Some periods in life have a greater impact in shaping our trajectory of life. I believe college to be one of these critical periods. I hope to assist you as you chart your course during your time at JJC."



Joseph Kauffman

"Hello! My name is Joseph Kauffman and I am from Channahon, Illinois. I am currently a sophomore at Joliet Junior College. I plan to major in Psychology because I love to study the behavior and mental processes of individuals. I care to understand myself and others, and I like to help others cope with problems like stress and anxiety and to make them happier and healthier individuals in their lives. I am currently working on earning my Associate in Arts Degree at JJC. After JJC, I plan to transfer to University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I plan to become a counselor as my career because I like to help others and I care that they succeed in their lives. What I enjoy most about JJC is that this college is one of the great places to make friends in classes, clubs, and other programs. Some of my hobbies are track and field, golf, bowling, basketball, studying Psychology, and collecting music albums. In my free time, I exercise, play video games, spend time with my friends and family, and listen to music. I became a Peer Mentor because I like to help JJC students succeed in college. I care to expand my knowledge in JJC services, clubs, and other places around JJC in order to help students learn how to use these services. For example, I care to help students with disabilities understand what Disability Services entails in order for them to know how to use this service for classroom and test accommodations like permission from instructors to record lectures in classes and extended time on tests. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your experience at JJC, please feel free to contact me through my email or phone number above so I can bee happy to help you. I am looking forward to becoming one of the new Peer Mentors at JJC this summer and I hope to feel successful in the Peer Mentor Program there. Also, please feel free to say "Hi!" to me whenever you see me on campus or online. I will be happy to see you!"


Click here for more information about becoming a student Peer Mentor or Peer Mentee.


If you have any questions please message:

Lee McCline

Multicultural Pathway Coach
Phone: (815) 280-2631