Established in 2001 by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Always Reaching Upward (ARU) is a mentorship program dedicated to the academic and sociocultural success of new incoming college students. Experienced college students are paired up with new incoming students to provide a year-round connection with UW-Parkside and its resources.

By participating in this program, protégés will receive a Success Coach who will be designated to assist the student in achieving a successful first-year experience.

Success Coaches provide:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Academic strategies workshops
  • Career development workshops
  • Fun social events
  • Information on campus involvement opportunities such as joining student organizations

Success Coaches are experienced college students selected through an application and interview process. They must demonstrate exemplary leadership and passion to help others succeed. They serve as role models, advisors, and a positive resource for protégés.

Incoming first-year and transfer students attending UW-Parkside who welcome the opportunity to form a coaching relationship with experienced college students in order to achieve a successful college foundation.

Interested in becoming an ARU Success Coach or Protégé?
Contact Luis Benevoglienti at or 262-595-2073.

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