F.A.M.I.L.E.E. Mentoring Program

What is the FAMILEE Mentoring Program?

Fostering Academics, Maturity, Independence, Leadership, Empowerment & Excellence (F.A.M.I.L.E.E.) pairs new students with continuing students during their first or transfer year, involving group activities and one-on-one meetings. This program is designed to assist students in their first year at UConn-Storrs (including regional campus and transfer students) with their transition.

Who can become a mentor?

  • Mentors must have at least 2 semesters of experience attending the UConn-Storrs campus by the beginning of their first semester in F.A.M.I.L.E.E.
  • Mentors should be strong leaders and ready to actively engage in the Rainbow Center Community with their mentee. Mentors are required to attend all programs unless there is an academic conflict.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 is strongly recommended.
  • Mentors should be allies to all communities of gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality represented at the UConn Rainbow Center
  • Most mentors are undergraduate students. Any graduate students applying to be a mentor would only be assigned to graduate student FAMILEE mentees, as available.
  • All students with a student conduct history will be subject to review. Students who are on University Probation at the time of application review are not eligible to interview. Students who were found responsible for any incidents in the current academic year or during the application and interviewing process will not be eligible to interview or continue on in the process.

Who can become a mentee?

  • Mentees should be first-year or transfer students (first year on campus) on the UConn-Storrs campus.
  • Mentors should want to make the most of their first year on campus, and should believe that a mentoring program could contribute to their experience.
  • While no member of the FAMILEE Mentoring Program is required to identify with (or disclose) LGBTQIA+ identity, an interest in discussing/attending programs related to the LGBTQIA+ community will be important, as this mentoring program is centered around the LGBTQIA+ student experience.

How will I be matched with a mentor/mentee?

Mentors and mentees are paired after applications have been reviewed. The FAMILEE mentoring program advisors identify points of correlation between applicants to best match areas of support that mentors can provide to each mentee. Mentors may also participate in the matching process. Mentors are selected to provide mentees with the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship that promotes personal growth, retention, and that may potentially continue beyond the time span of the program.

What are the program expectations?

Mentor and mentee pairs will meet regularly (recommended: 2 times a month in the Fall, 1 time a month in the Spring), to check in and grow together. Additionally, all mentors and mentees meet in a large group FAMILEE Reunions, approximately 5 in the Fall, 2 in the Spring. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend at least one Rainbow Center event each semester outside of the F.A.M.I.L.E.E. events. Finally, all participants have the opportunity to take on leadership positions in the organization to help plan events and programs for FAMILEE participants. The program is structured so there is more involvement in the Fall semester to support the initial transition to campus.

How can I get involved?

Mentor applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open late in Spring 2020. Mentee applications will open soon after.

I am a graduate student interested in participating. Is this program for me?

Welcome! We’re so excited that the FAMILEE mentoring program sounds fun to you. Historically, we have tried to use this program to connect undergraduate students with other undergraduate students. If you are interested in finding community through the Rainbow Center, please check out our Rainbow Grads and Young Professionals Group.

Who can I ask about this program?

Please feel free to send your questions to rainbowcenter@uconn.edu.