The Rams in Q'mmunity LGBTQIA+ Mentoring Program is designed to support your transition to Colorado State University and set you up for academic, personal, and social success! Inspired by the concept of chosen family and the important role it plays in Queer identity development, we hope to connect CSU students to students with similar identities navigating the complexities and joys of being LGBTQIA+.
As part of the Rams in Q'mmunity program, students are assigned to a Family Group. In these groups, students will have the the opportunity to connect with others in their community and receive personalized support and guidance from their Family Group Leader, an LGBTQIA+ student who serves as a mentor for participants in the program.
You may be asking yourself, what is a chosen family? In a definition provided by Queer Queries, A chosen family "is a group of individuals who deliberately choose one another to play significant roles in each other’s lives. One definition of chosen family is a group of people to whom you are emotionally close and consider ‘family’ even though you are not biologically or legally related". While we understand that the concept of family is complex for many, especially considering our intersections of identity, we hope this program provides all of us a sense of community, familial connection, and belonging that we deserve as LGBTQIA+ community members at CSU.
- Learn skills to best support your academic, personal, and social success.
- Learn about intersectional social justice issues and topics that impact the LGBTQIA+ community
- Develop a LGBTQIA+ network that includes other CSU students, faculty, staff, and community members.
- Receive personalized and direct support from your Pride Family Group Leader, who can find answers for you about college, and give you valuable advice on ways to navigate CSU.
- Attend personalized events and programs specifically for Mentoring participants.
Who Can Participate
Any active CSU student is welcome to participate. This mentoring program is specifically focused for LGBTQIA+ students, or students wanting to learning more or exploring their identity. Family Group Leader pairing is given priority to incoming first year and transfer students.
Students are also welcome to participate in the program by attending our Queer Connections series, Pride Community Retreat amongst other events hosted by the Rams in Q'mmunity program.
Time Commitment | Commitment is flexible and varies week by week. Family Group leaders will announce opportunities for students to engage at any point throughout the semester. If you no longer wanr to be involved, that's ok and just let us know.
Family Group Leaders
Pride Family Group Leaders are trained to assist and support you in your transition to CSU and will help get you connected to resources and the campus community! They are student leaders who can work with you on navigating our LGBTQIA+ identities, assist with prepping you with time management, study skills, and other valuable needs. Simply, they can be someone to catch up with and support you in your time here.
As part of the Rams in Q'mmunity program, you can expect regular contact from your Family Leader regarding important updates, events, and services that may benefit your CSU experience. Family Group Leaders are paired with program participants based on varying academic and social interests and will continue to build their relationship with you over the development of the program.
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