GLASS Mentorship Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 What is the GLASS Mentorship Program?

The Mentorship Program provides GLASS members an opportunity to meet and establish a relationship with a mentor who can provide personalized, one-on-one career advice. The program seeks to foster the professional development of GLASS members and help navigate the unique issues that LGBT individuals confront in their careers while working in the United States Senate. It also aims to reinforce a sense of community among the GLASS Caucus while enhancing the skills and career prospects of its members.

Who can participate in the Mentorship Program?

The Membership Program is open to Senate staff who are dues-paying members of GLASS. Senate interns are allowed to participate at no cost. There are no formal requirements, but participants would ideally fit the following descriptions:

  • Mentees: GLASS members who are new to the Senate or who have spent less than two years on Capitol Hill, with any work experience, area of interest or potential career path. This is not limited to junior staff (interns, Staff Assistants, etc.) – all job levels are welcome to apply.
  • Mentors: LGBT-friendly seasoned professionals who have worked in the Senate or on Capitol Hill for at least two years. This could range from Staff Assistant all the way to Chief of Staff. Senior level staff are strongly encouraged to apply.

How does GLASS match participants?

As we mention in our application, the GLASS Mentorship Committee strives to match individuals based on their preferences. While not all questions on the application are mandatory, the more information you provide, the more likely we will be able to accommodate your requests. Additionally, as with GLASS membership, mentors do not have to be LGBT to participate, so long as they are LGBT allies.

When will the mentorships take place?

There are three mentorship terms scheduled for 2013:

Spring: January – June
Summer: July – August
Fall: September – December

Applications for the spring term must be turned in by Friday, June 27, 2014.

What is my expected time commitment for this program?

By signing up, participants are expected to meet with their mentor/mentee three or four times over the course of the term. The length of those meetings is at the discretion of the mentor/mentee (coffees, lunches, etc.). Participants will receive emails from GLASS approximately every couple of weeks as a “check in” on how things are going.

I am not “out” to my office. How can I be reassured that confidentiality will be maintained?

As stated in our application, one of the cornerstone values of GLASS is to ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of all its members are being met and respected. By participating in the GLASS Mentorship Program, all mentors and mentees agree to keep in strict confidence all information that should come before them both during and after their mentorship. This includes personal matters and any information regarding other individuals, organizations or businesses. Additionally, all participants are required to sign a Confidentiality Statement in order to participate in the Mentorship Program. Violation of this agreement may lead to revocation of the mentorship and membership in GLASS.

If I sign up to get a mentor, do I have to mentor someone myself?

If you sign up to get a mentor you are not required to take on a mentee at the same time, however, once you complete the program as a mentee, we will ask you to serve as a mentor. This way, all participants can learn from members who have been in their shoes and help those who are following in their footsteps.

How do I know who I was assigned?

Each mentee applicant will receive an introductory email from the GLASS Mentorship Chair with the contact information of his/her mentor. The mentor will be expected to contact the mentee within two weeks of receiving this information.

My schedule has gotten too full and I am no longer able to participate. How can I withdraw?

While our mentorship program does not place unreasonable time commitments on participants, we understand that Senate staff members have long and unpredictable hours. If you feel you can no longer commit to the program, please email brian@glasscaucus.org so your mentor/mentee can be reassigned.

 What happens after the Mentorship Program ends?

Although the program formally ends, if the mentee/mentor wants to continue their mentorship on an informal basis, they may do so; however, GLASS will no longer facilitate this ongoing relationship. At the end of the mentorship, mentees will have the opportunity to evaluate the program, the match, and the mentor’s responsiveness. Mentees may opt-in to the following term to be matched with another mentor, and mentors are encouraged to mentor another individual. If at the end of the program the mentee feels he/she is comfortable and able to become a mentor to others, he/she may do so.

**Past mentees are strongly encouraged to become a mentor in a future term so all participants can learn from members who have been in their shoes and help those who are following in their footsteps.

I’m ready to apply! What do I do next?

Click on the links below to apply online via our confidential web form.

Download hard copies of the application materials here (right click to save PDF files). Completed application materials should be sent to to brian@glasscaucus.org.

Have a question not answered here?

Please email brian@glasscaucus.org. All information received will remain confidential.

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