Renn Mentoring Program

The Renn Mentoring Program connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students with “out” LGBTQ faculty and staff mentors. The goals of the program are:

  • To foster mentoring relationships between students and faculty/staff that offer support, guidance, and resources to LGBTQ students at Brown
  • To provide support for students who are “coming out' in the University community or in their home communities
  • To provide support for students who feel that they are currently unable to “come out”
  • To expose students to the diverse out-of-classroom lives of adult LGBTQ members of the University community
  • To create intergenerational links within the University community
  • To provide helpful resources to students as they explore issues related to identity
  • To provide LGBTQ faculty and staff an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal University venues.

Information For Students:

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer student and you are interested in developing a mentoring relationship with an “out” LGBTQ faculty or staff member, the Renn Mentoring Program may be for you. You do not need to be “out” yourself, but your mentor will be. Your mentor will be required to respect your wishes related to your degree of “outness.”

As a mentee you will be expected to be in touch with your mentor at least once per month; it will be up to the two of you to decide how frequently you will meet. It will also be up to you both to determine how to spend your time together.
Whether you are “out” or not, you may find your mentoring relationship to be a valuable resource for support, friendship and information about the following:

  • Coming “out”
  • Being “out” at Brown
  • Being “out” in graduate school or professional school
  • Being “out” in the workplace
  • A wealth of non-LGBTQ related subjects that are related to a mentor's professional, academic or personal experiences

Information for Staff and Faculty:

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to offer support and guidance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning students based on your experiences and additional resources provided to you by the LGBTQ Center . In addition to impacting the Brown experience for your mentee, you can expect your mentee to have an impact on you as well.

As a mentor, you will be expected to:

  • Be “out”
  • Meet with your mentee at least once a month
  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year
  • Respect the degree of “outness” desired by your mentee
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Serve as a resource to your mentee
  • Contact the LGBTQ Center if a problem develops
  • Attend an orientation program for new mentors
  • Provide feedback to us about the Renn Mentoring Program

Mentees will be expected to:

  • Commit to the mentoring relationship and program for at least one year
  • See your mentor at least once a month
  • Respect one's mentor
  • Be punctual for scheduled meetings with one's mentor
  • Provide feedback to us about the Renn Mentoring Program
  • Contact the LGBTQ Center if a problem develops.

Most of all, your mentoring relationship should be fun!

How to Get Involved

Potential mentors and mentees are asked to complete a short application to aid the LGBTQ Center Coordinator during the matching process.  Please download the application below, fill it out and send it via email to Kelly Garrett or mail it via campus mail to the LGBTQ Center, Box 1915.

Faculty/Staff Application: Renn Facstaff App

Student Application: Renn student app.doc

You may also request an application electronically by sending a message to Kelly Garrett.  If you have any questions about the Renn Mentoring Program, or if you would like to request an application by phone, please contact Kelly Garrett at 863-3495.