Become a PIP Mentor
Peers In Pride (PIP) Mentor Applications For Spring 2023
Mentor Applications are due Friday, October 28, 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do the peer mentors do?
After completing the Spring training seminar, the PIPs welcome new LGBTQ+ students to campus in the Fall. PIPs are paired with 2-4 incoming students to provide 1-on-1 mentoring and the mentors plan monthly group social events throughout the fall semester.
What does the training involve?
Peer mentors (PIPs) attend a 2.5 hour weekly seminar (required) 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 to be a mentor.
What makes a mentor a good fit for this program?
- Self-identification as an LGBTQ+ or ally student.
- Commitment to facilitate the academic, personal, and social development of new LGBTQ+ students.
- Willingness to explore and 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).
- Has completed at least one semester at SJSU and plans to enroll in the Spring and Fall of 2023.
What benefits do mentors receive?
- Two credits of elective PSYC 184 Directed Reading in the Spring 2023 semester. (optional)
- 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.
- Training in numerous areas, including: interpersonal communication skills, active listening skills, LGBTQ+ identity development, LGBTQ+ history and political movements, intersectional identities and experiences for LGBTQ+ students (including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion/spirituality, ability, body image, etc.), cross-cultural communication skills, campus and community resources (including field trips), and time management, stress management.
- And Swag!!!!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the PRIDE Center or Stephanie Preston (email@example.com) of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)