The mission of the LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program is to assist students in developing a positive sexual orientation and gender identity and expression by connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students with LGBTQ+ faculty and staff mentors and LGBTQ+ allies.
The goals of this program are:
- To foster mentoring relationships between students and faculty and staff that offer support, guidance and resources to the LGBTQ+ student population at Stanislaus.
- To provide support for students who are out on campus, in the process of coming out, or who feel they are currently unable to come out.
- To expose and connect student to the diverse lives of adult LGBTQ+ members of the Stanislaus State and surrounding communities.
- To provide LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and students an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal Stanislaus State venues.
- To provide opportunities for both mentees and mentors to come together to enjoy time together over meals, movies, board games, local events and casual conversations.
The program is a result of students requesting more LGBTQ+ programs and services on campus, which supports the University’s diversity goals and Title XI, and is supported by President Dr. Ellen Junn.