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.

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.
  • While no member of the FAMILEE Mentoring Program is required to identify with (or disclose) LGBTQIA+ identity, an understanding of the community and the LGBTQIA+ college experience is important.
  • 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 twice a month, at a minimum, to check in and grow together. Additionally, all mentors and mentees meet in a large group once per month for a FAMILEE Reunion. There will also be one social event per month, planned by mentors. Finally, all participants have the opportunity to take on leadership positions in the organization to help plan events and programs for FAMILEE participants.

How can I get involved?

Mentor applications for the 2018-2019 school year have closed. Mentor applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open in Spring 2019! Please consider other ways to get involved in the Rainbow Center in the meantime!

Mentee (first-year and transfer student) applications for the 2018-2019 school year are open! Please apply today.

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.