Mentoring Program

In 2015, CARAS began a mentoring program to help connect graduate students and early career professionals working with and/ or researching alternative sexualities with researchers, faculty, and professionals. The goal of the program is to encourage the full development of the next generation of scholars, researchers, and professionals—and thereby increase the quantity and the quality of scholarly and research projects focused on discovering and illuminating alternative sexualities, communities, and family structures, and to help prepare professionals in mental health and other fields serve the needs of members of alternative sexualities communities.

The CARAS Mentoring Program involves a six-month one-on-one mentoring relationship. The program matches graduate students and early-career professionals in academic, research, counseling, and other alternative-sexualities related career paths with more advanced scholars and professionals; mentors and mentees commit to talking at least once a month by email, Skype, or phone during the six-month duration of the mentoring program.

Spring 2019 Mentoring Cycle:  February 1 to July 26, 2019

Application Deadline:  January 25, 2019

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019:     Applications for the Spring 2019 Mentoring Program due. 
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019:       Mentoring matches made.
Friday, March 1, 2019:   1st monthly check in with mentor/ mentee matches.
Friday, April 5, 2019:      2nd monthly check in with mentor/ mentee matches.
Friday, May 3, 2019:       3rd monthly check in with mentor/ mentee matches.
Friday, June 7, 2019:      4th monthly check in with mentor/ mentee matches.
Friday, July 5, 2019:        5th and final monthly check in with mentor/mentee matches. 

Friday, July 26, 2019:     Last day of Spring 2019 mentoring cycle.

If interested, please contact Dr. Carolyn Meeker (cmeeker@fiu.edu).