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Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP)

The Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP) mentors are students from the seven Claremont Colleges who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or allies of the queer community. They are trained to provide support and informed guidance on any queer-related issue, including, but not limited to:

  • Self acceptance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, or intersex, or any other identity associated with the community
  • Coming out to friends and/or family
  • Finding resources at the college, local, and national levels
  • Learning what it means to be a good ally to the queer community
  • Working through confusion about sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Meeting other queer, questioning, and allied students on the campuses and in the surrounding community
  • Understanding how sexual orientation and/or gender identity intersect with other aspects of identity, including race, sex, religion, physical ability, culture, class, etc.

As a mentee in the program, you will have one-on-one interaction with two mentors, as well as the opportunity to participate in events and meet more people within the program and the wider queer community of the Claremont Colleges. The role of a QQAMP mentor is primarily to welcome them into the Claremont community and provide them with opportunities to become involved in the queer community, through programming and developing personal relationships.

To apply to be a mentee click on the "QQAMP Mentee Application" tab under "Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP)". The application you submit is sent as an e-mail to the QQAMP account; only the head mentors and whichever mentors they match you with will be able to see it. Anyone at any of the five colleges in any year may apply to be a mentee. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Shortly after applying, you will be matched to your mentors, and they will contact you promptly. If you wish to apply to be a mentor click either on the "QQAMP New Mentor Application" tab or the "QQAMP Returning Mentor Application" tab under "Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP)".  The head mentors will contact you after you send in your application. Thank you and we look forward to meeting you all!

2014-2015 Head Mentors

Jing Gu, SCR '16
Laura Kent, SCR '17