Presenter Information

Vincent SarnaFollow

Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Members of the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community (LGBT+) are sometimes at heightened risk for a variety of health and mental health challenges. Due to unsupportive environments and the current political climate, it is imperative that the LGBT+ community be further studied so that LGBT+ youth, specifically, can be better supported through this. An online survey was conducted within one a medium-sized midwestern university to assess demographic characteristics, experiences with discrimination, and perceptions of beneficial components of future mentoring programs. 289 LGBT+ undergraduate students predominately represent a sample of cisgender female students (65.7%), ages 19-20 (47.8%), bisexual (51.2%), freshman (38.8%), and Caucasian (72%).In sum, there appears to be a strong interest in and need for a mentoring program among members of the LGBT+ undergraduate college community at the sampled university, particularly to improve acceptance of this community by the university as a whole.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Michael Dentato; Dr. Maryse Richards; Cara DiClemente

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Examining Perspectives on LGBT+ Mentoring for College Students

Members of the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community (LGBT+) are sometimes at heightened risk for a variety of health and mental health challenges. Due to unsupportive environments and the current political climate, it is imperative that the LGBT+ community be further studied so that LGBT+ youth, specifically, can be better supported through this. An online survey was conducted within one a medium-sized midwestern university to assess demographic characteristics, experiences with discrimination, and perceptions of beneficial components of future mentoring programs. 289 LGBT+ undergraduate students predominately represent a sample of cisgender female students (65.7%), ages 19-20 (47.8%), bisexual (51.2%), freshman (38.8%), and Caucasian (72%).In sum, there appears to be a strong interest in and need for a mentoring program among members of the LGBT+ undergraduate college community at the sampled university, particularly to improve acceptance of this community by the university as a whole.