Professional Mentorship Program
The program provides a safe space for LGBTQ students to share their experiences and to grow professionally and personally. The University of Tennessee LGBTQ Mentorship Program seeks to pair LGBTQ students with LGBTQ faculty and staff for career/professional development and growth, as well as meaningful, long-lasting professional relationships. Mentors can participate in a variety of activities with their mentees (from helping them with research interests to meeting them out for a cup of coffee). The time mentors spend with mentees is based solely on the amount they mutually feel necessary. Typically mentors and mentees meet once a month and communicate as often as they wish.
The Mentorship Program provides:
- Guidance and Support
- Answers to questions about LGBTQ issues
- An understanding ear
- Career resources
- Access to LGBT community networks
- A positive role model
- A professional relationship
How does it work?
Students submit their application to be a mentee and faculty/staff submit their application to be a mentor. The coordinator of the program makes the matches based upon commonalities/interests and availability. The coordinator communicates with the mentors and meets individually with each mentee applicant before making a match. Mentor and mentee are introduced and exchange contact information.
To apply to become a mentor (faculty or staff) complete this form. Any information you provide available only to the coordinator of the LGBTQ Mentorship Program and the co-chairs of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People and is used solely to make the best match possible.
To apply to become a mentee (student) complete this form. Any information you provide is available only to the coordinator of the LGBTQ Mentorship Program and the co-chairs of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People and is used solely to make the best match possible.