IBIS Mentorship Program

Staff and Students outside the LGBTQ Student Center Students and Staff in front of LGBTQ Student Center

The goals of the IBIS Mentorship Program: 

  • Ensure the retention and success of undergraduate and graduate students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Provide on-campus role models who can serve as a resource and support for students.
  • Help students build LGBTQ+ community using a cohort-based model.
  • Develop student leaders through skill-building opportunities and service projects.
  • Help foster a feeling of belonging and acceptance for LGBTQ+ students.

Who can be a mentee?

All LGBTQ+ identified undergraduate and graduate students!

Who can be a mentor?

Any University of Miami faculty/staff/administrator. Mentors can be LGBTQ+ identified or an ally of the LGBTQ+ Community.

Time Commitments: 

The duration of the program will occur over one academic year. In order to participate in the IBIS Mentorship Program, both mentors and mentees should be able to attend scheduled group events, outlined at the beginning of the year, in addition to monthly meetings between mentor/mentee on their own time.

How do I join? / What is the application process?

Both mentors and mentees will apply online. Pairings will be matched based on applications and interest. Applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year can apply at bit.ly/IBISmentorship21. Mentor applications are due by end of day September 3, 2021. Mentee applications are due by end of day September 10, 2021.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Creation of lifelong friendships
  • Learn about UM while having fun through team-building excursions
  • Opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ community on and off campus
  • Networking and connection to expansive community
  • Have fun!

Student Testimonials:

"Participating in the mentor's program was one of the most unexpected parts of my senior year at UM, and I am so happy with the experience! When I first learned of the program, I didn't anticipate on joining because I was so used to being a mentor, through 'Cane for a Day, my sorority, tutoring, etc., that I couldn't imagine being a mentee. Vanessa & Dr. Vega pushed me to come to the Mentors Kick-Off, and after talking with Scott, I knew I made the right choice! I was excited to be a part of the program and hoped I would be paired with Scott. I could tell he had so much wisdom to offer me- personally and professionally. I wasn't sure that I had anything to offer in return or what I was supposed to do as a mentee, but somehow it all fell into place! At the beginning of Fall semester, I spoke at the What Matters to U event and was so nervous! Having Scott there- and having his support so early on into the mentorship program- meant a lot to me. Throughout the year, Scott and I met frequently, sometimes getting food and catching up, and other times at larger events like the Out of the Darkness Walk and the Pride Parade meetings. I was so proud to attend the LGBTQ Alumni Reception that Scott planned and see how hard he has been working to support the LGBTQ community. Although the program ended abruptly due to COVID, I am so grateful for the experience and will always look to Scott as an amazing mentor!" - Claudia (Mentee 2019-2020)

Claudia (Mentee 2019-2020) and students with Dr. Patricia A. Whitely  and Scott Siegel