The goal of the GSRC Mentor Program is to foster a space for community, discussion, and learning for LGBTQIA+ or questioning students. A cohort of students will be paired with a current sophomore, junior, or senior who will serve as a facilitator and mentor. Cohort gatherings will provide mentees a space to question, further understand, label, de-label, connect, or advocate around issues of gender and sexuality. Discussions are likely to center around: transitioning to Macalester (for cohorts with first-year or transfer students), Mac resources for queer and trans folks, LGBTQIA+ communities/student groups on campus, LGBTQIA+ events/programs or off-campus resources/community, privilege and social justice activism.
To apply to be part of the GSRC Mentor Program please fill out the GSRC Mentor/Mentee Application Form.
Who can be a mentee?
Macalester students of all class years are encouraged to become a mentee if they identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community (including students who are questioning or unsure if they are LGBTQIA+!) and connect with any of the following:
- I am confused or uncertain about my identity/identities
- I want to talk to about my LGBTQIA+ identity/identities or experiences
- I want to help me become more involved in the LGBTQIA+ communities on campus
- I want to connect to resources on campus
- I want advice on how to meet people or date as an LGBTQIA+ person
- I want to learn more about issues of identity, social justice, and activism
Who can be a mentor?
Any Mac sophomore, junior, or senior who identifies as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, want to be a support for another LGBTQIA+ students and is able to meet with their peers regularly throughout the year.
When are applications due?
Applications for mentors, and mentees, are open throughout the year. The first round application deadline for mentees is Friday, August 31, 2018, while the initial mentor deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Applications received after the first round deadline will be paired as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, email Ev Pugh (they, them, theirs or he/him/his) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tegra Myanna (they, them, theirs) at email@example.com.