SparQ Peer Mentoring Program

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The purpose of SparQ is to provide sources of support and peer connectivity to students marginalized by their sexual/romantic orientations and/or gender identity.  SparQ seeks to bring together undergraduate mentors and mentees to help facilitate a smoother transition into Michigan State University.

SparQ strives to:

  • Support first-year students’ transition into a healthy and successful campus life;
  • Develop a sense of mentors’ and mentees’ multiple and intersecting identities in a supportive, safe environment;
  • Connect students with key campus resources;
  • Promote student involvement;
  • Create meaningful relationships with peers

Information for Potential Mentees

Are you an incoming student who would like more assistance acclimating to MSU?  Sign-up to be a SparQ Mentee!  SparQ Mentees will be paired with a current MSU student.  Mentors are trained and work with LBGT Resource Center staff to help ensure you have a smooth, seamless transition into Michigan State University.  Mentees and mentors connect at least once per week, meeting in-person every other week.  Together with your mentor, you will create a mentorship agreement, helping to identify your mutual needs.

If you are interested in being a mentee for SparQ for the 2016 – 2017 school year, fill out the information hereMentee Application

Information for Potential Mentors

Interested in helping a new student get adjusted to MSU?  Sign-up to be a SparQ Mentor!   SparQ Mentors will receive training from LBGT Resource Center staff on how to be an effective mentor to new Spartan students including, but not limited to: supportive communication skills; student development; MSU resources; and more!  SparQ Mentors will be required to connect with their mentee at least four times per month, two times which must be in person.

To be a SparQ Mentor, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student who has been at MSU for at least two years;
  • Be in good standing with the University;
  • Be willing to connect with their mentee at least four times per month, two of which must be in-person;
  • Be willing to attend ongoing SparQ meetings and programs with their mentee;
  • Complete an interview with LBGT Resource Center staff;
  • Attend a mentor training on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 12 noon – 5 PM;
  • Attend a follow-up training in August

If you are interested in being a mentor for SparQ for the 2016 – 2017 school year, fill out the information here: Mentor Application

 Questions?

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the program, please contact Bailey Krestakos (krestak1@vps.msu.edu) or Alex C. Lange (langeal3@msu.edu).