What is the LGBT Mentorship Program?
The Ball State University lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Mentorship Program is designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to undergraduate students, including those who are in the “coming out” process and/or who are questioning their LGBT identity. This program intends to pair self-accepting LGBT faculty, staff, and graduate students and LGBT graduate allies of the Ball State community with undergraduate LGBT mentees. This program can further offer professional development to LGBT students who desire guidance during the transition from LGBT life as an undergraduate student to life outside a university setting.
What issues will be addressed?
The mentorship program will serve undergraduate students desiring guidance and support during the “coming out” process, those students who are beginning to question their sexual or gender orientations, and/or LGBT students who wish to learn of LGBT life post-undergraduate. Mentees may be students who are managing more than one identity with their LGBT identity, such as dual minorities by race and sexual orientation. Mentees may be interested in LGBT campus and community resources and learning about aspects of LGBT life such as dating, post-secondary education, managing identity in the workforce, or integrating into the LGBT community.
What the Mentorship Program does not provide
The mentorship program is absolutely not designed for dating and is not a substitute for friendships. In addition, mentoring should not be considered as counseling. For more significant personal issues, a referral to the counseling center may be necessary.
Other Important Information
Each mentee will be “matched” with a mentor based on preferences and overall availability of mentors. The mentor is expected to be made available to meet at least an hour a week, but more time may be available depending on the mentor. Further information will be provided once your application has been submitted and you have been paired with your mentor.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kyle Kittleson at firstname.lastname@example.org