LGBT Mentorship Program

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LGBT Mentorship Program

LGBT Professional Mentorship Program

LGBT Professional Mentorship Program

 

The purpose of the LGBT mentorship program is to offer support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students at SMU.  Students are matched with a mentor based on academic and professional interests as well as personal interests and will meet with their mentor approximately once a month.

Applications due by: Friday, September 11, 2020

Examples of topics of conversations between mentor and mentee:

  • Career goals
  • Academic goals
  • Relationships and family problems
  • Transitioning to college
  • Gender and sexuality
  • LGBT identities and experiences

The goals of the Mentorship Program are:

  • To foster mentoring relationships between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, asexual, and ally (LGBTQA) students and LGBTQA faculty & staff that can offer support, guidance and resources to LGBTQ students at SMU
  • 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 students to the diverse lives of adult LGBTQ members of the SMU community
  • To provide helpful resources to students as they explore their identites
  • To help connect LGBTQ students to the larger LGBTQ community, both at SMU and the DFW metroplex
  • To provide LGBTQ faculty and staff an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal SMU venues

Requirements for students interested in mentorship (Mentee):

  • Commit and maintain the mentoring relationship and program for at least one academic year
  • Meet with the mentor in person at least once a month during the academic year
  • Attend the mandatory mentorship program orientation session
  • Be on time and prepared for scheduled meetings with the mentor
  • Attend workshops and activities hosted by the LGBT Resource Center

The Mentee Application Process

All potential mentees must fill out and submit a mentee application through the Women and LGBT Center Connect page, found here. After applying, potential mentees will be contacted to set up an informal meeting to help us learn more about you and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Apply Here

Requirements for faculty, staff, and alumni interested in being mentors (Mentor):

  • Identify as member of the LGBTQ or ally to the community
  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one academic year
  • Respect the degree of outness desired by the mentee
  • Meet with the mentee in person at least once a month during the academic year
  • Attend mandatory mentor training session
  • Attend relevant workshops and activities hosted by the LGBT Resource Center

The Mentor Application Process

All potential mentors must fill out and submit a mentor application through the Women and LGBT Center Connect page, found here. After applying, potential mentors will be contacted to set up an informal meeting to help us learn more about you and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Apply Here