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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Queer Peer Mentor Program

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/lgbtc/mentor_program.html

We are here to help.

Do you want to talk about your sexual orientation or gender identity and in need of someone to talk to? The LGBT Center’s Queer Peer Mentor Program is a one-on-one mentor program that matches mentees with someone of their similar identity who has come out. All mentors have been through the coming out process and have lived openly as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer for at least one year. With this program, mentees will meet with mentors weekly in a public location on campus to talk about the challenges inherent with coming out and help mentees gain a greater sense of self-acceptance while gaining ties to the LGBT community at MSU, Mankato and in Mankato. Coming out is hard to do and no one should have to do it alone.   
 
Mentees will have informal one-hour meetings with their mentors in order to ask questions and discuss topics related to coming-out or living openly as LGBTQ. Often, mentors and mentees will meet for lunch or coffee in the Centennial Student Union. All mentoring meetings are private. On the first meeting with your mentor, the mentee will set up guidelines for privacy and all discussions remain private within the confines of your mentoring meetings. You have the right to cancel your mentoring relationship at any time. 
 
What mentors provides:
           Guidance
           Support
           Answers to your questions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or transgender   issues
           A confidante
           An understanding ear
           Resource information
           Access to “community” networks
           A positive role model
           A paraprofessional relationship
 
What mentors do not provide:
           Therapy
           Absolute confidentiality
           Replacement for close, personal friendships
           A dating service
           Transportation
           Provide mentees with alcohol or other drugs.

 

What you can expect from your mentor:
           Concern
           Advice
           Understanding
           Help though the coming out process
           Facilitate exposure to the LGBT Center on campus
           Comparative information regarding what coming out has been like for others
           Familiarity with gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender issues
           A non-sexual relationship with someone who cares

 

What is expected from you as a mentee:
           To be on time
           To attend appointments or cancel in a timely fashion
           To communicate your needs or concerns in as open and honest a manner as possible
           To realize that no question is too small or too embarrassing to be asked

 

The Queer Peer Mentoring program is available to all Minnesota State University, Mankato students. For more information contact Jessica Flatequal at jessica.flatequal@mnsu.edu or visit
The Queer Peer Mentoring program is sponsored by the LGBT Center in conjunction with the Counseling Center. All queer mentors receive initial training and ongoing supervision.