Peer Education & Support

LGBTQIA+ students are encouraged to get and give support to other students and help increase understanding and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ student experience at UMKC.

Student Panels

We seek to increase understanding and awareness of LGBTQIA+ student experiences by providing student panels for classrooms and student organization meetings.

Panels consist of two to four students who explain terminology, provide a list of campus resources, share their personal narrative and facilitate a Q&A.

Panelists are required to attend a training before attending a panel. There is no minimum amount of panels panelists must facilitate to be eligible.

Apply to be a panelist

Request a panel

Mentor Program

Mentors offer support around identity development, academics, coming out and campus and community engagement. The mentor program pairs LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students with undergraduate LGBTQIA+ students. Mentoring relationships are active during the academic year, from August to May.

Mentors and mentees meet with the coordinator for a brief intake interview to help with pairing. Matches will be made based on similar identities, experiences and interests. 

Become a mentee

Mentees are UMKC students who seek someone to talk with one-on-one regarding identity development, academics, coming out and campus and community engagement.

Apply to be a mentee

Become a mentor

Mentors are UMKC graduate or professional students who would like to mentor another LGBTQIA+ student. Mentoring might include conversations around identity development, academics, coming out and campus and community engagement.

Time commitment for mentors

  • Attend the annual fall training on Saturday, Sept. 18
  • Participate in a one-hour monthly meeting with the Assistant Director and other mentors
  • Meet with mentee for at least two one-hour meetings per month

Apply to be a mentor

Discussion Groups

Identity-alike spaces to explore your identities and interests. Open to all who hold or are questioning an identity within the respective group.

Spring 2022 schedule

Asexual/Aromantic
2nd and 4th Thursday at 9am
Student Union, Room 301

Bisexual/Pansexual
2nd and 4th Friday at 1pm
Student Union, Room 302
4/8 meeting is canceled

Queer Literature Book Club
1st and 3rd Monday at 5:30pm
Student Union, Room 402

Queer/Transgender Students of Color
2nd and 4th Thursday at 2:30pm
Student Union, Room 301

Transgender and Non-Binary
2nd and 4th Thursday at 5:30pm
Student Union, Room 301
3/10 meeting is canceled; 4/28 meeting will be in Room 402