Gabe Montes de Oca

Lewis & Clark College
Gabe Montes de Oca
Retention Coordinator
AmeriCorps Retention Project 

Gabe revised and built capacity for the LINCs Program, a college student peer-to-peer mentoring program at Lewis & Clark College.

Gabe offered 80 incoming first-year students from underrepresented backgrounds a mentor with whom they could share experiences, get advice, and problem solve. Through the program, mentors and mentees created supportive relationships, which contributed to their success on campus. 

The Retention Project's first year at Lewis & Clark was so successful that the college has grown the program with the goal of providing a mentor for all first-year students. Now, every new student will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor to help ease their transition into the campus culture. 

This is evidence of Gabe's significant strategic planning and relationship building skills. Jenn Crowder, Interim Director of the Office of Student Transitions and Experiences said, "Gabe has exceeded my expectations 1000%. His abilities to remain flexible, be creative, and look at a peer mentor program from the bird’s eye view is providing Lewis & Clark students a chance for greater success, both socially and academically.”