Promoting Independence and Educational Resources (PIER) Program

  • DASS is pleased to inform you about our Promoting Independence and Educational Resources (PIER) Program. The PIER program aims to provide first time freshmen and transfer students a smooth transition to CI. DASS wants to ensure that incoming students feel connected and supported by peer mentors who are available to share their knowledge and experience as college students of CI. Mentors focus on welcoming, supporting, and encouraging incoming students as they navigate through a new university. See our PIER flyer (PDF, 387KB) for more information.
  • If you would like to participate in the PIER program, please complete the online PIER Application.
  • Please know, availability in the PIER program is limited and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For more information please contact us at 805- 437-3331 or email

Autism Support Group

Blue Minds Autism Support Group

  • DASS is pleased to inform you about our Blue Minds Autism Support Group. Blue Minds is a social group for CI students on the Autism Spectrum. Blue Minds aims to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) be successful in college by offering a program of support. Meetings take place every two weeks, where students have the opportunity to socialize with their peers and practice social skills by participating in workshops, team building exercises, and interactive games.
  •  For more information, please contact Laura Czajkowski by email