Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services
The Career Mentor Program (CMP), a mentorship program at WMU, strives to bridge the gap between college life and the workplace. Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, or ally (LBGTA) students may face many barriers as they enter the workforce following graduation based on their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The CMP aims to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to connect with mentors in a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment.
The Career Mentor Program is a career-based program, designed to provide LBGTA undergraduate students at Western Michigan University an experience to connect with and be mentored by a working professional that is also LBGTA identified. The program will offer opportunities such as job shadowing, résumé building and networking opportunities.
The program will match mentees and mentors based on career, declared-major interests and/or their LBGTA identities. The Career Mentor Program, through its development and implementation, will offer students an invaluable and interactive experience as well as help the student navigate the workplace successfully as an LBGTA identified individual upon graduating.
2014 Career Mentorship Program Kick-Off Dinner
Saturday, October 18 6- 8 p.m.
Bernhard Center - President's Dining Room
“The LGBT Career Mentoring program jump started my mentee's involvement on campus, put his career development path in motion, and capitalized on all of his strengths in planning for his future.” – 2013-2014 Career Mentor
“Being a mentee was one of the best choices I made. My mentor helped me create a five-year plan, prepare for the steps I would need to take upon graduation, and create a feasible budget. My mentor helped me navigate certain parts of adulthood, which I had yet to consider-- including a retirement fund! Through the program I’ve made a great connection and know that I have someone I can turn to throughout the next few years with any questions I may have.” – 2013-2014 Student Mentee
Video from the the 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.