The mission of the LGBTQ Mentorship Program is to assist students in developing a positive sexual orientation and gender identity while also successfully transitioning to life at Cornell University. This process is facilitated through mentoring between graduate and undergraduate students in a safe and confidential environment. Through the experience, mentees will have the opportunity to explore their personal areas of interest or passion, become connected to campus resources, and find their own sense of community and identity. In addition, there is an informal social component of the program. Both mentors and mentees will come together to enjoy time together over meals, movies, board games, local excursions, and casual conversations.
Mentors are Cornell University graduate students who identify as LGBTQ and are excited to connect and establish rapport with undergraduate students. They will provide support concerning issues with sexual orientation and/or gender identity as well as ways to navigate Cornell and the world as an LGBTQ identified individual. As a mentor in this program, you will receive training and materials helpful to serving as a mentor, provide understanding and support to your mentee, and have continued support from the LGBT Resource Center. Mentors provide positive role modeling, on-going support, understanding, empowerment, acceptance, information, networking, resources, connection, and guidance to the mentees enrolled in the program.
Mentees are Cornell University students who are looking for support from or connection to the LGBTQ community. They may have questions about sexual orientation or gender identity. As a mentee in this program, we hope you will gain information and connections to help explore a positive LGBTQ+ identity. The program intends to assist mentees with connecting to the greater LGBT community, break isolation, combat internalized homophobia, and provide a safe environment for personal growth.
All current students at Cornell are eligible.