Q'nnections

Q’nnections, the revived and revamped LGBT Center mentorship program, helps create an open, cohesive, and inclusive Princeton LGBTQIA community. Through regular formal and informal meetings, structural support, group dialogues, and community building, we will provide an opportunity for all folks within the gender/sexuality kaleidoscope to be “q’nnected” with each other, including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.

q'nnections - building connections within the princeton lgbtqia+ community

Q’nnections, the revived and revamped LGBT Center mentorship program, helps create an open, cohesive, and inclusive Princeton LGBTQIA community. Through regular formal and informal meetings, structural support, group dialogues, and community building, we will provide an opportunity for all folks within the gender/sexuality kaleidoscope to be “q’nnected” with each other, including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff.

 

Goals and Programming

  • Create "families" at the beginning of each school year, which meet on a regular basis and foster relationship formation.

  • Facilitate community building for LGBTQIA individuals across campus in order to create a network of support at all levels (undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoc, faculty, and staff).

  • Host a social event every month, providing points of contact for families to have fellowship and discuss a particular topic of LGBTQ+ life.

  • Promote informal family meetings with funding for family excursions.


Q'nnection Families

Each Q'nnections Family will consist of:

  • 1-3 graduate or senior undergraduate students who serve as “Family Leaders”

  • 4-12 undergraduate or additional graduate students from various years

  • Assorted postdocs/faculty/staff who are interested in being more closely connected to an LGBTQIA group on campus

Much like gender and sexuality, families are flexible. If you meet another family that you feel more connected with or have issues within your current group, switches in families can be made. A short discussion with the Q'nnections Program Coordinator (a graduate student working in the LGBT Center) will be needed prior to the change.


Family Leader Expectations

Family leaders will consist of a group of 1-3 graduate students or senior undergraduates. As leaders, they will have the opportunity to offer support and guidance to all, but particularly undergraduate students, on their family. In special circumstances, a postdoc/faculty/staff member can also serve as a group leader. Responsibilities include:

  • Being an approachable, friendly, and welcoming individual.

  • Meeting with the Q'nnections Program Coordinator and other leaders once a month to touch base on family dynamics and gain additional training on mentorship

  • Organizing at least 2 informal family meetings each semester outside of the monthly social event. Each family is free to meet on- or off-campus (over coffee, lunch, or at a campus event). Whatever the group decides upon, they should not feel obligated to spend money. The family leader should contact the Q'nnections Program Coordinator to have the LGBT Center fund these excursions.

  • Being the initial point of contact for all members of the family and mediating conversations between family members.

  • Connecting with the Q'nnections Program Coordinator should any problems arise within the family.

Family Member Expectations

Q'nnections family members (QTs) will consist of students, post-docs, faculty, and staff at all levels of the university. Participating as much or as little in the group is up to each individual QT. However, to gain the maximum benefit from Q'nnections, we expect QTs to make time to attend the monthly social event with their family, as well as the other two-per-semester informal gatherings led by the family leader. There is no fee or cost expected of QTs to pay in order to join a group. Any and all events with a cost component will be covered by the LGBT Center.


Join A Family

To sign up for Q'nnections, please fill out the form below. UNDERGRADUATE SENIORS, GRADUATE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF: If you are interested in being a Family Leader, please fill out the additional form below the first "Submit" button (you need to submit both forms)!

Family Member Form

Name
Name
Examples: lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, questioning, pansexual, demisexual, queer
Examples: heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic, questioning, aromantic, queer
Examples: cis male, trans woman, androgynous, questioning, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, genderqueer
Would you prefer to be paired with others who express similar identities?
Please list any and all interests, hobbies, or activities you are involved in. This can range from favorite movie genre, to favorite weekend dinner spot, to what you music listened to last!
PLEASE FILL OUT FORM BELOW AS WELL.
If you and your friend both list each other, then we will try to place you both in the same family. If you two don't mutually list each other, we can't guarantee that you'll end up in the same family.
 

Family Leader Application

Name *
Name
Please fill out all the times you are available on a *typical* week. Please be more flexible than stringent on your time availability, as we will use this information to determine when we will have group leader meetings, as well as other social events related to Q'nnections. http://whenisgood.net/qy9f7z4

Families will be determined over the summer, and the first kickoff dinner with take place in September. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please e-mail lgbtasst@princeton.edu.