LGBTQIA Mentoring

The U of A LGBTQIA+ Mentoring program pairs LGBTQAI+ student with faculty and staff who assist students in developing a positive sexual orientation and gender identity while developing knowledge, skills and tools to success navigate life in the fullness of who they are and want to be.

The program features opportunities for mentors and mentees to be build community, connect to a larger LGBTQAI+ community networks, engage in educational learning, and have fun.

The program connects LGBTQAI+ students with “out” LGBTQAI+ faculty and staff mentors. The goals of the program are:

  • To foster mentoring relationships between students and faculty/staff that offer support, guidance, and resources to LGBTQAI+ students at the U of A
  • To provide support for students who are “coming out’ in the University community or in their home communities
  • To provide support for students who feel that they are currently unable to “come out”
  • To expose students to the diverse out-of-classroom lives of adult LGBTQAI+ members of the U of A community
  • To create intergenerational links within the University community
  • To provide helpful resources to students as they explore issues related to identity
  • To provide LGBTQAI+ faculty and staff an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal University venues.

Mentees

The program provides a safe space for LGBTQAI+ students to share their experiences and to grow professionally and personally.

To apply to become a mentee complete the Mentee Application Form. Any information provide will be kept confidential by the coordinators of the LGBTQAI+ Mentorship Program.

Students are expected to:

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year
  • See your mentor at least once a month
  • Respect one’s mentor
  • Be punctual for scheduled meetings with one’s mentor
  • Provide feedback to us about the U of A LGBTQAI+ Mentoring program

Mentors

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to offer support and guidance to LGBTQAI+ students based on your experiences and additional resources provided to you by the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and CAPS. In addition to impacting the U of A experience for your mentee, you can expect your mentee to have an impact on you as well.

To apply to become a mentor complete the Mentor Application Form. Any information provide will be kept confidential by the coordinators of the LGBTQAI+ Mentorship Program.

Mentors are expected to:

  • Be “out”
  • Meet with your mentee at least once a 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 lgbtq@uark.edu if a problem develops
  • Provide feedback to us about the U of A LGBTQAI+ Mentoring Program

Contact Us

 

479-575-8405

lgbtq@uark.edu