Peer Mentoring Program

Fall Trainings

  • Thursday, September 28th, 2017
    2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Friday, September 29th, 2017
    2:00 – 5:00pm

Both trainings will be held in Student Center North Synergy Rm. N212

The goal of the Peer Mentoring Program is to reduce the stress and isolation that many young people experience when first coming out, or other challenges of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mentors support their mentees in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while they work on their personal, social, academic, career, and life goals. Mentors are role models, guides, misconception challengers, motivators, and door openers.

Our mission is to help students develop a positive LGBTQ identity while successfully adapting to life at UH.

Our peer mentors represent a wide variety of majors and personal backgrounds. What our mentors all have in common is that they have comfortably integrated their sexual and gender identity into most facets of their student and community activities and roles. Mentors are here to support you while you explore your personal interests, overcome challenges, take advantage of campus resources, and find your own sense of community.

Who is this program for?

  • Students who identify as LGBTQ, queer, same-gender loving, as well as any identity that is typically associated with this community (including, but not limited to, pansexual, genderqueer, intersex, etc.)
  • Students who think they may no longer identify as straight or traditionally gendered, but are not sure.
  • Those in need of support and connection, but not necessarily in need of counseling.
  • Those seeking a role-model.

Mentor/Mentee Matching

Based upon personality, background, goals, and interests, mentors and mentees are matched at various times in the semester. Most matches happen at the beginning of each academic semester, but due to differing match characteristics and ongoing admission to the program, some matches occur mid-semester. It is important to make a compatible match for the long-term well-being of each mentee. The Mentoring Program supervises each match and conducts ongoing participant training to further strengthen the longevity and successful outcome of the match.

Become a Mentor and Make a Difference

Do you remember what it was like to come out? What it was like to discover who you are, what you want to do in life, and how you fit in to the UH community? As a mentor, you have the opportunity to be part of that process for someone else. Peer mentors are special because, unlike faculty and staff, you know the ins and outs of what it is like to be a student right now – where to go, what to do, how to meet people, and where to find support. You also have much to offer your mentee in the form of compassion, insight and your own lived experience.

Program Goals for Mentors

  • Develop rapport with your mentee.
  • Help your mentee to create specific personal goals.
  • Establish boundaries for the mentoring relationship.
  • Plan specific activities that meet the needs of your mentee and their goals.
  • Connect your mentee to UH and local Houston resources.
  • Replace myths and stereotypes with accurate information.
  • Have fun together and learn as much from your mentee as they learn from you!

Time Commitment

  • Pre-match training before initiating the mentoring relationship (3 hours).
  • Orientation with all mentors/mentees where you will meet your mentee (2 hours)
  • Monthly mentor group meetings (1 hour).
  • Weekly contact with your mentee (minimum of 15 minutes).
  • Monthly meeting with your mentee (minimum of 1 hour).

The Mentor Application Process

All potential mentors must fill out and submit a mentor application to the LGBTQ Resource Center. After applying, the Mentoring Program will contact you and set up an informal meeting. We want to make sure the mentoring experience is right for both you and your potential mentee. Mentor positions open to sophomores and higher with one semester experience at UH (with the exception of graduate students).

Mentor Application

Instructions to register:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your Access UH account
  • Step 2: Click the Get Involved button
  • Step 3: Click the "registration" button above.

Please email jdgonzales@uh.edu if you have any issues.


Become a Mentee and Get Connected

Do you need someone to talk to who understands what it means to be a LGBTQIA+ student at UH? Our mentors are here to help you work through any of the following areas in your life:

  • Setting and achieving personal goals.
  • Exploring your multiple identities (e.g. gender, cultural, religious, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • Finding a comfortable place in the community (e.g. UH, Houston, LGBTQIA+, etc.).
  • Discovering your purpose in life (e.g. your career path).
  • Developing mature relationships (e.g. friends, dating, accessing faculty, etc.)
  • Creating a balanced life (e.g. work, rest, and play time!)

Mentors help you to clarify what you value, and then assist you with taking the steps to accomplish your goals.

Time Commitment for Mentees

  • Orientation with all mentors/mentees where you will meet your mentor (2 hours)
  • Weekly contact with your mentor (minimum of 15 minutes).
  • Monthly meeting with your mentor (minimum of 1 hour).

The Mentee Application Process

All potential mentees must fill out and submit a mentee application to the LGBTQ Resource Center. After applying, the Mentoring Program will contact you to set up an informal meeting at the center or somewhere else on campus you feel comfortable. We want to answer your questions and make sure the mentoring experience is right for both you and your mentor.

Mentee Application

Instructions to register:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your Access UH account
  • Step 2: Click the Get Involved button
  • Step 3: Click the "registration" button above.

Please email jdgonzales@uh.edu if you have any issues.