The Mentor Program creates long-lasting connections across students and employees. Student Mentees can quickly connect to someone at the U of M while the Employee/Alumni Mentors check in with mentees on:

  • Adjustment to the U of M culture
  • Advancing their own sense of self & identity exploration
  • Navigating being LGBTQIA within a specific academic field or career path
  • Creating connections throughout the local Twin Cities community

Apply for mentorship!


The Mentor Program offers "rolling admission;" you're welcome to apply at any time! 

Time Frame

The program runs the entire academic year. Pairings start as early as August and run as late as May.


Mentees & Mentors meet individually as they please, abiding by general guidelines tailored for student success and mentorship. It is expected that pairs will meet no less than 1x/month for 1+ hours. 

Benefits of Having a Mentor

  1. Knowledge and Contacts: Your mentor will most likely have personal connections and knowledge of resources within the LGBTQIA community that has taken years for them to establish. You'll have direct access to this knowledge and your mentor can provide introductions to community members. 
  2. Business and Life Skills: As a mentee, you can also learn valuable business and life skills from your mentor, including best business practices, appropriate behaviours and protocols.
  3. Perspective: Discussions with your mentor will stretch your thinking by providing you with another perspective to your own.
  4. Reduced Feelings of Isolation: Working with a mentor also often creates a sense of peer partnership that might not otherwise be available to you. It's easy to feel alone, but your mentor will help you work through those feelings with tangible real-world support. 
  5. Wisdom and Learning From Past Experiences: As a mentee, you can also benefit greatly from hearing the lessons that your mentor has learned along the way through their past experiences - both their successes and failures.
  6. Feedback: A good mentor will provide you with valuable feedback or make suggestions that will enable you to experience personal growth.
  7. Talent Development: Where a mentor is an expert in a particular field, they'll often be able to spot your unique talents and make suggestions about to how you can further develop and make the most of your talents and gifts.
  8. A Sounding Board: Having a good mentor will also enable you to test your ideas and discuss your points of view with an interested listener in a safe environment.
  9. Learn How To Be A Good Mentor: The experience of working with a mentor will also serve as a training ground to enable you to develop good mentoring behaviours and become a mentor for others.

Adapted from Blue Sky Coaching


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