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Mission Statement: The STARS program was founded to assist students on the Autism spectrum by facilitating academic and social support through peer and faculty mentoring, tutoring, social activities and career guidance.  Click here to 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:  

  • Provide opportunities for academic support through the Peer Tutoring Program 
  • Provide opportunities for social interaction and relationship building with peers, staff and faculty
  • Organize a parent support group to share ideas and concerns regarding student success

Check us out on Facebook for meeting times and events!

STARS Lounge

Come hang out with the STARS in the Lounge!  Everyone likes to be around people who share their common interests and experiences. The STARS Lounge, in Buckman Hall room 353, 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 a social integration into the campus community.

Student Leaders

Joseph Jameson - Student Representative

Michelle Pleasant - Social Coordinator

Jeanne StaAna - Public Relations Coordinator

Faculty and Staff Sponsors

Dr. Rod Vogl - Behavioral Sciences Dept. Chair

Ms. Justin Bowles - Academic Services (mentoring and tutoring support)

Parent Support Coordinator

Ms. Kim Gardner - CBU Parent and Founder of STARS