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MASAI: Finding more than a mentor

With the Mentoring and Academic Success Achievement Initiative (MASAI) program, students are finding a way to connect to campus and college life.
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Gates Scholar from Chicago finds the right fit at Illinois State

Dyrell Ashley is a poet, a scholar, a Sunday school teacher, a tutor, and a future neurosurgeon. But the Chicago native's latest accomplishment is maybe his most impressive yet.