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Peer Mentoring Program

The Pride Center Peer Mentoring Program (PCPMP) partners incoming, transfer, and younger Volunteers with older students in order to connect them to the LGBTQ+ and ally community, feel more knowledgeable about campus resources, and transition successfully to college life at Rocky Top.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in contact with us.

Interested in being a mentee?

We are not currently recruiting mentees at this time. Please check back in June 2021.

Through participating in the Pride Center Peer Mentoring Program, it is our goal for mentees to:

  • achieve a sense of or become more confident in their identity.
  • develop a sense of belonging, loyalty and institutional affinity
  • develop meaningful interpersonal relationships
  • be able to identify and utilize campus resources

Mentees are expected to:

  • meet with your mentor at least once a month. Mentees and mentors will be matched through a follow-up questionnaire focused on academic colleges, hobbies and personal interests, and what the mentee is looking for out of a mentor.
  • attend at least two campus events together per academic year. The mentors and mentees decide on the events together. We strongly encourage but not require at least one event to be LGBTQ+ focused
  • attend the formalized PCPMP events such as the Meet and Greet and End of Semester Celebration
  • (most importantly) have fun!

We are not recruiting mentees at this time.

Interested in being a mentor?

We are currently recruiting mentors for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year! Our first round application deadline is June 1, 2021. We welcome applications after that deadline, but matching might be slightly delayed.

Through participating in the Pride Center Peer Mentoring Program, it is our goal that mentors will:

  • Contribute to a healthy, sustainable campus and community
  • Develop a sense of belonging, loyalty and institutional affinity
  • Develop meaningful interpersonal relationships
  • Lead with integrity

Mentors should:

  • Be friendly, kind, compassionate, and respectful. We are looking for students that are excited to guide and support newer students. This may include discussions of identity and/or other sensitive topics, so to-be mentors should have a firm grasp on privacy and confidentiality!
  • Be able to serve as a resource for their mentees, including answering questions about campus life, offering tips and advice, connecting with resources and departments, and other peer support. If unable to answer a question, they are proactive about seeking the answer elsewhere. Mentor are given a training on resource information, among other topics, for their benefit.
  • Attend at least two campus events with their mentee per academic year, meet with their mentees at least once per month, meet with the Pride Center graduate assistant for monthly check-ins, and respond to any required communications.
  • Remain in good academic and conduct standing
  • (most importantly) have fun with their mentee!

PCPMP - Mentor Interest Form - 2021

This form is for students to express their interest to be mentors in the peer mentoring program.
  • This is the name that you want us to call you. It does not have to be your legal name/your university recognized name.
  • Examples: she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, he/him/his, etc.
  • (e.g., First Year Undergraduate; Fifth Year Undergraduate; Second Year Law Student; Fourth Year Graduate Student)
  • (e.g., Undecided, Anthropology, Law, etc.)
  • (e.g., queer man; gay trans woman; genderqueer asexual; prefer not to answer)
  • Such as your race, first-generation status, or anything else. You do not have to disclose other identities.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Returning Mentor Form (2021)

  • (e.g., I am graduating, I cannot commit to another year, I did not have a great experience, etc.)