The Office of LGBTQ Student Life mentorship program connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students with out LGBTQ faculty, staff and graduate/professional mentors. The goals of this program are:
- To foster mentoring relationships between students and faculty/staff/graduate/professional students that offer support, guidance and resources to LGBTQ-identified students at the University of Chicago.
- To provide support for students who are in the process of coming out, or who feel they are currently unable to come out.
- To expose younger students to the diverse lives of LGBTQ members of the University of Chicago community who are further along in their lives and / or career.
- To provide helpful resources to students as they explore issues related to identity.
- To help connect LGBTQ students to the larger LGBTQ community, both at the University of Chicago and the Chicagoland area.
- To provide LGBTQ faculty, staff and graduate/professional students an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal University of Chicago venues.
Mentees will be expected to:
- Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one academic year.
- Meet with the mentor in person at least once per month.
- Be punctual for scheduled meetings with the mentor.
- Provide feedback to the Office of LGBTQ Student Life on the mentoring program.
- Contact the Office of LGBTQ Student Life if any concerns develop.
- Have fun!
Mentors will be expected to:
- Be out.
- Meet with your mentee in person at least once per month.
- Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year.
- Respect the degree of outness desired by your mentee.
- Respect confidentiality.
- Serve as a resource to your mentee.
- Contact the Office of LGBTQ Student life if you have any concerns.
- Attend mentor training.
- Provide feedback to the Office of LGBTQ Student Life if any concerns develop.
- Have fun!