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Peers In Pride (PIP) Mentor Applications For Spring 2017

Applications are due
Tuesday, November 29th

Click here for an application (.doc)


Q: What do the peer mentors do?

After completing the Spring training seminar, the PIPs welcome new LGBTQ+ students to campus in the following fall semester. In addition to hosting numerous group social events, the PIPS are paired with 2-4 incoming students to provide personal mentoring.

Q: What does the training involve?

Peer mentors (PIPs) attend a 2 hour weekly seminar in the Spring semester. They learn skills related to peer counseling and assisting students in social and academic development. They also learn LGBTQ+ history and meet leaders on campus.  The training seminar is required.

Q: What makes a mentor a good fit for this program?

  • Self-identification as an LGBTQ+ student
  • Commitment to facilitate the academic, personal, and social development of new LGBTQ+ students
  • Willingness to challenge own belief systems and stereotypes
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a willingness to learn advanced communication skills
  • Willingness to share own experiences for the purpose of self-growth and supporting others
  • Academic responsibility (including readings, discussion, field trips, and journal entries)
  • Strong record of meeting obligations (e.g., follow through, timely arrival, regular attendance)
  • Have completed at least one semester at SJSU and plan to enroll in the Spring and Fall of 2017

Q: What benefits do mentors receive:

  • Receive 2 credits of elective “Directed Reading” credits in the Spring 2017 semester
  • Form strong connections with other LGBTQ+ identified students
  • Meet and network with faculty and staff who are LGBTQ+ identified or allies
  • Potential letters of recommendations for future jobs or graduate school
  • Receive training in numerous areas, including: interpersonal communication skills, active listening skills, LGBTQ+ identity development, LGBTQ+ history and political movements, experiences of multiple oppressions for LGBTQ+ students of color, cross-cultural communication skills, campus and community resources (including field trips), and time management, stress management.
  • And Swag!!!!

Q: Where can I learn more?

Consider talking to one of our current PIP mentors to learn more or meet with one of the program coordinators, Bonnie Sugiyama ( of the LGBT Center or Tova Feldmanstern ( of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Applications are Due Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | Click here for an application (.doc)