The goal of this initiative is to support students’ positive sexual orientation, gender identity and successful transition to life at St. Lawrence University. Through peer-to-peer meetings in a safe and confidential environment, mentees drawn from all class years will connect and develop a rapport with Queer Peers mentors. Queer Peer Mentors are St. Lawrence University students who identify as LGBTQIA and are excited to connect and establish rapport with their fellow students. They will provide support concerning issues with sexual orientation and/or gender identity as well as ways to navigate the St. Lawrence University campus, North Country and the world as an LGBTQIA identified individual.
Mentors will be required to go through proper training to serve as a mentor. Mentor training each semester will include cultural competency, negotiating identity, personal safety, leadership and mentorship. They will also be given resources to help provide understanding and support to their mentee, and have continued support from the SAFE grant and staff.
Required Education: Mentors should be a student with at least a full academic year at St. Lawrence and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Desired Education: Coursework in Women & Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or PCA is a plus
Desired Experience: Willingness to be a good listener openness to engage with students across many different aspects of identity including, but not limited to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, class, ability, religion, ethnicity, and race. Prior experience with organizing and promoting campus events as well as mentoring and working with students is a plus