Rams in Q’mmunity Mentoring Program

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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.


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Benefits 

  • 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.
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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.

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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.

For further questions please contact pride_rc@mail.colostate.edu.

Mentoring Program Registration Form

PART 1 - General Information

The information disclosed will only be used by Pride Pro staff and won't be shared with others.
Can be legal or chosen first name. Whatever is most comfortable and affirming.
Read more about pronouns by visiting https://www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why
I am an

Please describe below
Are you a first generation college student?
First generation college student in this context refers to you attending a 2 or 4-year-college or university but your parents have not. (Not a requirement to participate)
Mentors will occassionally text their mentees to share important information and updates. If you prefer not to share a phone number please write "N/A"

PART 2 - About You

Tell us why you'd love to join! Is there anything specifically you're interested in learning about in this experience? What are you hoping to gain from the program?
What aspects of this upcoming year are you most nervous about?
What aspects of the program are you most excited about?
Salient identities, area of study, hometown hobbies, clubs/organizations, volunteering, athletics, student employment, etc.

PART 3 - Family Group Matching Questions

What are you looking for in a mentor? Select all that apply
We pair mentors and mentees based on a variety of factors. To help us with this process, please tell us what you are looking for in a mentor below. (Note: We will do our best to pair you based on your preferences given our current mentors)
Such as, but not limited to, other important identities, specific interests, etc.
What types of engagement would you prefer for the upcoming Semester?
(Think small group meetings, programs, events etc)

PART 4 Additional Information

Pride takes photos at all events for recruitment efforts. Are you comfortable with your picture being taken and used for this purpose?
Publications could include print, social media, and website.
Are you interested in participating in our LGBTQIA+ New Student Seminar during Fall 2021?