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Peer Mentoring Program (Mentor)

Mentor Training Dates
Application Required - Due 9/17/20

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Online
Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Online

The goal of the Peer Mentoring Program is to reduce the stress and isolation that many young people experience when first coming out or other challenges of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mentors support their mentees in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while they work on their personal, social, academic, career, and life goals. Mentors are role models, guides, misconception challengers, motivators, and door openers.

Our mission is to help students develop a positive LGBTQ identity while successfully adapting to life at UH.

Our peer mentors represent a wide variety of majors and personal backgrounds. What our mentors all have in common is that they have comfortably integrated their sexual and gender identity into most facets of their student and community activities and roles. Mentors are here to support you while you explore your personal interests, overcome challenges, take advantage of campus resources, and find your own sense of community.

Who is this program for?

  • Students who identify as LGBTQ, queer, same-gender-loving, as well as any identity that is typically associated with this community (including, but not limited to, pansexual, genderqueer, intersex, etc.)
  • Students who think they may no longer identify as straight or traditionally gendered, but are not sure.
  • Those in need of support and connection, but not necessarily in need of counseling.
  • Those seeking a role-model.

Mentor/Mentee Matching

Based on personality, background, goals, and interests, mentors and mentees are matched at various times in the semester. Most matches happen at the beginning of each academic semester, but due to differing match characteristics and ongoing admission to the program, some matches occur mid-semester. It is important to make a compatible match for the long-term well-being of each mentee. The Mentoring Program supervises each match and conducts ongoing participant training to further strengthen the longevity and successful outcome of the match.

Become a Mentor and Make a Difference

Do you remember what it was like to come out? What it was like to discover who you are, what you want to do in life, and how you fit into the UH community? As a mentor, you have the opportunity to be part of that process for someone else. Peer mentors are special because, unlike faculty and staff, you know the ins and outs of what it is like to be a student right now – where to go, what to do, how to meet people, and where to find support. You also have much to offer your mentee in the form of compassion, insight and your own lived experience.

Program Goals for Mentors

  • Develop a rapport with your mentee.
  • Help your mentee to create specific personal goals.
  • Establish boundaries for the mentoring relationship.
  • Plan specific activities that meet the needs of your mentee and their goals.
  • Connect your mentee to UH and local Houston resources.
  • Replace myths and stereotypes with accurate information.
  • Have fun together and learn as much from your mentee as they learn from you!

Time Commitment

  • Pre-match training before initiating the mentoring relationship (3 hours).
  • Orientation with all mentors/mentees where you will meet your mentee (2 hours)
  • Monthly mentor group meetings (1 hour).
  • Weekly contact with your mentee (a minimum of 15 minutes).
  • Monthly meeting with your mentee (minimum of 1 hour).

The Mentor Application Process

All potential mentors must fill out and submit a mentor application to the LGBTQ Resource Center. After applying, the Mentoring Program will contact you and set up an informal meeting. We want to make sure the mentoring experience is right for both you and your potential mentee. Mentor positions open to sophomores and higher with one-semester experience at UH (with the exception of graduate students).

Instructions to register:

Please email Lorraine Schroeder if you have any issues.