The mission of STARS is to assist college students on the Autism spectrum or with social anxieties by facilitating interpersonal growth through peer mentoring, social activities and creative endeavors. Read more about our story.
Students with Asperger’s Syndrome and other Autism-related syndromes are becoming more and more prevalent on college campuses. Many of these students are very intelligent and academically inclined. However, the social and organizational demands required to be successful in college often present significant challenges. STARS was founded in the fall of 2015 to help college students navigate their newfound independence in the following ways:
- Creating a support network that connects the STARS students to peer mentors and the greater campus community.
- Providing opportunities for social interaction and relationship building with peers at STARS pizza parties, birthday and holiday celebrations, scavenger hunts and many other social situations.
- Having STARS activities without technology that focus on fine motor skills and creativity like cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and creating succulent gardens.
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Come hang out with the STARS in the Lounge! Everyone likes to be around people who share common interests and experiences. The STARS Lounge, in Rosa Deal School of Arts Room 302, provides a comfortable meeting space where students can engage with people who have similar interests, cognitive and social skills. Students experience social camaraderie as well as social integration into the campus community.
Kimberley Jameson, Alumna and Parent
Dr. Rod Vogl, Behavioral Sciences Dept. Chair and Faculty Sponsor
Student Leadership Team
Natalie Stewart, Big-Little Coordinator Chair
Nikole Agront, Communications Chair
Samhita Nair, Fundraising Chair
Brandon Jones, Event Coordinator Co-Chair
Skylar Stephens, Event Coordinator Co-Chair
Ashley Lozano, Marketing and Social Media Chair
Grace Singer, Historian Chair