Learning to Assert your Identity with Q’onnections

Learning to Assert your Identity Series

The Queer Mentors are students who have volunteered and dedicated their time to supporting LGBTQ+ students throughout the Q’onnections program. Mentees are placed into Identity Interests groups and receive their own dedicated (and friendly!) Queer Mentor throughout the program to guide them. As one of the first LGBTQ+ Mentors at John Jay they will provide valuable connections at John Jay. Queer Mentors familiarize students with core LGBTQ+ concepts, offer ongoing tips to succeed as an LGBTQ+ student or supportive ally, and connect them with like-minded students. They offer individual and group support sessions throughout the program as well as facilitate constructive LGBTQ+ activities/workshops.

The goal of the mentors is to:
1) Explore the concepts of LGBTQ+ identity
2) Understand the concepts of community organizing
3) Explore Advocacy
4) Provide leadership skills
5) Facilitate growth
6) Find solutions to all kinds of obstacles

How to Assert your Identity Part 1: Pronouns

Developing a healthy sense of self and figuring out how we fit into society is a fundamental stage of development. As teenagers, we tend to experience a stage of  “crisis” in exploring our sense of self and identity which can seep into adulthood.  In today’s workshop, we will be talking about how we can build our confidence as LGBTQ+ Folx claim our identities. We will also explain how using inclusive language tactics and hopefully leave this workshop with a healthy understanding of our own unique identities. 

“We are all trying to provide a safer space for everyone and I think that is awesome!! 🙂 – Nat (Queer Mentee)

Nat Queer Mentee 2020

Q’onnections Meeting Agenda & Minutes: Asserting your Identity Part 1


How to Assert your Identity Part 2: Belonging

In today’s workshop, we will be talking about the science and study behind how we see ourselves and how we belong.

Possessing multiple identities such as being LGBTQ+ and a person of color can create self-doubt in terms of where people fit within society. I feel as within society you are forced to pick one or the other and for whatever reasons you can’t be both which sucks because at the end of the day everyone just wants to live freely without any worries and judgment from anyone. – Foluke Queer Mentee 2020


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