Renn Mentoring Program

UPDATED FOR THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR - APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Renn Mentoring Program connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning students with LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and graduate student mentors.  The goals of the programs are: 

  • To foster mentoring relationships between students and faculty/staff/grad students that offer support, guidance, and resources to LGBTQ+ and questioning students at Brown
  • To provide support for students who are “coming out" in the University community or in their home communities
  • To provide support for students who feel that they are currently unable to “come out”
  • To expose students to the diverse out-of-classroom lives of LGBTQ+ members of the University community
  • To create intergenerational links within the University community
  • To provide helpful resources to students as they explore issues related to identity
  • To provide LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and graduate students an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal University venues.

Information For All Students:

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer or questioning student (undergraduate or graduate student) and you are interested in developing a mentoring relationship with an LGBTQ+ faculty or staff member, the Renn Mentoring Program may be for you.  You do not need to be “out” yourself, but your mentor will be prepared to speak about their own LGBTQ+ identities with you.  Your mentor will be required to respect your wishes related to your degree of “outness” and we will also ask you to respect the “outness” of your mentor.  

Remember, there is no guidebook for our journey. In this small community we can benefit greatly from others’ experiences and journeys.

Mentees will be expected to:

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year
  • See your mentor at least once a month
  • Respect your mentor and the degree of “outness” desired by your mentor
  • Be punctual for scheduled meetings with one’s mentor
  • Provide feedback to us about the Renn Mentoring Program
  • Contact the LGBTQ Center if a problem develops. 

Whether you are “out” or not, you may find your mentoring relationship to be a valuable resource for support, friendship, and information about the following:

  • Coming “out”
  • Being “out” at Brown, in graduate school, professional school, or workplace.
  • Navigating challenges related to exploring your various identities and intersection of identities
  • A wealth of non-LGBTQ related subjects that are related to a mentor’s professional, academic or personal experiences

Information for Staff, Faculty, and Grad Students:

Graduate students may serve as a mentor or apply to be a mentee and request a mentor.  If you have any questions about which part of the program you'd like to participate in please contact us to discuss your options.

Anyone who serves as a mentor will have the opportunity to offer support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and questioning students based on your own life experiences and additional resources provided to you by the LGBTQ Center.  In addition to impacting the Brown experience for your mentee, you can expect your mentee to have an impact on you as well. Depending on the number of applications we have at any given time, we may not be able to match all mentors with a mentee.  If you are not matched immediately we will keep your application on file and notify if we do have a match for you.

Remember, there is no guidebook for our journey. In this small community we can benefit greatly from others’ experiences and journeys.

As a mentor, you will be expected to:

  • Attend a mentor orientation
  • Be ready and willing to speak about your own identities and how you navigate challenges related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Meet with your mentee at least once a month
  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year
  • Respect the degree of “outness” desired by your mentee
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Serve as a resource to your mentee
  • Contact the LGBTQ Center if a problem develops
  • Attend an orientation program for new mentors
  • Provide feedback to us about the Renn Mentoring Program

How to Get Involved

FALL 2017 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN.  Please complete this application by October 30th, 2017.  Fall matches will be announced by November 10th. All applicants will be notified once matches are made.  If you miss this deadline and are interested in the program please contact us to discuss getting involved.  

MENTOR Application

MENTEE (student) Application

If you have any questions about this application please contact Je-Shawna Wholley.