LGBT Graduate Student Mentoring Progam

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APAGS-CSOGD) offers a free year-long mentoring program (September-August) for LGBT graduate students in psychology. The mentoring program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to be mentored by colleagues who share similar interests, experiences and goals. We always have a need for participants! Applications for mentors and mentees are due by Aug. 15 and pairs are formed on or around Sept. 1 of each year 

Graduate Students

  • Are you looking for an LGBT psychologist, professional or advanced graduate student to support your professional development?
  • Would you like to have a sounding board to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to sexuality and gender in the professional field of psychology?
  • Have you wanted to forge connections with other psychologists who share your commitment to working with the LGBT community?

Professionals and Advanced Graduate Students

  • Are you interested in taking an LGBT graduate student under your wing?
  • Are you passionate about providing support to the LGBT student community?
  • Do you want to share your experiences and expertise to to help students find their professional voice?  


From a recent mentee:

"Quite often, throughout this last year, I have felt very grateful to be a part of the APAGS CLGBTC mentoring program. My PhD program has no open or out faculty members and I am one of two openly gay students. As a result, the sense of aloneness and isolation as an LGBT student and practitioner has periodically overshadowed my training and education process. Through this mentoring program, I was able to receive professional guidance and genuine relational support from a seasoned LGBT psychologist who was not only familiar with the history and development of queer studies and research, but who could also relate very personally to the social pressures and professional challenges of being a minority graduate student, as well as working as an openly gay psychologist." — Brian

From a recent mentor:

"I have really enjoyed the opportunity. We mentored via Skype once per month. The match was good as we have similar interests, and it was a nice compliment as my mentee is more interested in clinical practice whereas I mainly do academic research — our discussion I think aided in both of us gaining new growth." — Shawn

Qualifications to Participate

  • Mentors: Any professional in the field of psychology is eligible to serve. Graduate students who wish to be mentors must have completed 3 years of graduate school in psychology.

  • Mentees: Applicants must currently be a member of APAGS to participate in this program.

  • All applicants must be willing to communicate at least six times and participate in other periodic activities. Communication can be in person, over the phone or electronically.

  • Review the application below for more criteria.

How to Apply

  • Students: Download your mentee application (DOC, 107KB) and complete it as instructed by Aug. 15.

  • Professionals: Download your mentor application (DOC, 104KB) and complete it as instructed by Aug. 15.

  • Help us recruit other students and professionals: Download the flyer (PDF, 218KB).

  • To contact an APAGS staff person about the program, please email Eddy Ameen.