LGBTQIA Mentorship Program
The LGBTQIA Mentorship Program provides a space for you to meet new people and learn more about the LGBTQ community at the University of North Dakota. Our mentors are out faculty, staff, and graduate students were are comfortable in their identity. They are here to help you navigate campus and get you connected to resources that will help you make the most of your UND experience.
- Regular meetings with mentor
- Social connections
- Support for academic and personal success
Become a Mentor
Interested in becoming a Mentor? Our mentors are graduate students, faculty, and staff. Each mentor is paired to one to two undergraduate students to show support, get them connected to resources, navigate challenges, and help students find community.
As a mentor, I get to be the person I wish I had while growing up queer.
Our goal is to pair new program participants with a Mentor/Mentee as soon as possible, timing may vary. On average, participants are introduced to their mentor/mentee within a week of signing up for the program.
The mentorship program is designed to be flexible; at minimum, mentors and mentees need to meet once per month. Mentors and Mentees will decide how often to communicate or have additional meetings.
It depends on the individual participants. Some Mentors and mentees work for several years, for some just one academic year. Commitment to the pairing will end at the end of each academic year, when you will be invited to continue with your assigned Mentor/Mentee or be matched with another Peer Mentor/Mentee.
Sometimes Mentor and Mentee personalities clash and the pairing does not work out, that is completely okay. The Program Coordinator will help facilitate a change.
The LGBTQIA Mentorship Program is not a substitute for mental health services. Anyone who may be struggling with mental health concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, or other forms of harassment or abuse are encouraged to contact a provider of their choice.
Available UND resources include Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Northern Prairie Community Clinic, and Community Violence Intervention Center. A variety of local community resources are also available.