Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention

The Pilipino community has continually made the effort to address droupout rates and ensure the academic success of all UCLA students since 1989.

Our services

1. Peer counseling

It is important to note that SPEAR counselors are UCLA students as well. They understand what it means to be a Pilipino student on campus. In addition to utilizing their knowledge of academic policies to help you succeed, SPEAR counselors provide support and guidance for any other aspect of your life. They will present you with many opportunities for you to grow and develop. SPEAR counselors are a part of a community to help you progress towards your personal and academic goals.


2. One Step Ahead (OSA) Mentorship

Students who join mentorship will be paired up with other students to help ease their transition into the university. OSA mentorship creates a space for the incoming students to expand their social network, build personal friendships with their mentor, and make the most out of their university experience.

3. Samahang Teaching Through Experience Program (STEP)

Samahang Teaching through Experience Program (STEP) is different from your “average” internship. This internship program provides students an opportunity to advance their college experience by participating in education relevant to discovering more about their identity. By discussing history and current community conditions with a small group of students, you will not only be able to learn more about yourself, but also about other individuals within the different communities in our UCLA campus.



SPEAR will reach 100% retention of UCLA students, particularly the Pilipino Community by providing individual and collective services for students that:

  1. Promote critical thinking about themselves and their environment
  2. Allow students to gain skills and opportunities to engage with the community inside and outside of the 
  3. Encourage students to define, take ownership of, and pursue their education.


SPEAR is one of five student-run, student-initiated projects within the Student Retention Center (SRC). It was started to address the low retention rate of Pilipino students at UCLA. Today, students from various communities on-campus work together in the SRC to empower students and encourage them to take an active role in their education. The SRC is a resource available to all students, no matter what their academic standing may be.