The GLBT Resource Center Mentorship program offers support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students (LGBTQ) within Texas A&M University. In 2016, this program was awarded a Division of Student Affairs College Completion Grant, intending to sharpen its focus on retention, persistence, and graduation of students involved in the program. By connecting these students with a mentor who is like them, the Mentorship program proposes that its student participants will gain efficacy in persisting to graduation at Texas A&M University. The program outcomes were as follows:
• Create tangible support systems for students through interactions with faculty and staff in a mentoring capacity.
• Enhance the dialogue around LGBTQ+ student support amongst faculty and staff.
• Generate a sense of community for LGBTQ+ faculty and allies.
• Of the students who participate in the mentorship program, 90% will be retained in the program from the active mentorship year to the next full academic year.
Attached reports the summary of results of a survey sent to both mentors and mentees to assess their experiences with the GLBT Resource Center mentorship program.