SPARQ! is a network of resources sponsored by the OIE that strive to support students’ positive development of gender, (a)sexuality, and (a)romantic identity. We offer peer mentoring, ally education, and targeted programming focused on specific LGBTQIA+ identities accessible to the entire Bates community. Through these resources, SPARQ! will provide a consistent presence which aspires to foster a true sense of safety and belonging for trans, queer, and questioning students.
Click here to be matched with a SPARQ! Peer
or stop by the Qube, 220 Chase Hall, from 4-6pm Monday-Thursday
SPARQ! Peer Mentors
Click here to be matched with a SPARQ! Peer.
Jachai Carter, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a junior at Bates College, and aims to engage the student body through interactive programming. She is an alumna of MetroSquash, a youth non-profit, and Choate Rosemary Hall. Jachai is pursuing a major in Political Economy as well as a minor in Philosophy and a concentration in Racisms. Jachai is excited to be a Peer Mentor because it allows for further engagement with the Bates community and provide a completely new perspective to their work and experience on campus. Pronouns: She/her/hers
Dylan Carson, SPARQ! Peer Mentor & Active Ally Coordinator, is a senior Sociology major from Princeton, NJ. As the Active Ally Coordinator, Dylan is thrilled to provide educational programming for the larger campus community about LGBTQ+ topics in addition to mentoring. As a mentee himself during his first year, Dylan remembers the feelings of anxiety and excitement in seeking out guidance. Now on the other side, Dylan is ready provide the same support for others to have confidence in themselves and beyond. Pronouns: he/him/his
Danny Carmona, SPARQ! Peer Mentors, is a Junior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a Peer Mentor and leader of the Feminist Collective, Danny is excited to incorporate radical self-care into their mentorship in order to help queer students maintain balance within all aspects of their college experience. Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Matthew Winter, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a senior Economics major and Education and Math double minor from New York City. Matthew is very happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community at Bates and is super excited to continue to be a part of the community. As a mentor, he looks forwards to supporting LGBTQIA+ peers in all aspects at Bates, from the coming out to just making friends. Matthew is also involved in Bates Hillel, the Bates Student, and plays for the Steel Pan Orchestra. Pronouns: he/him/his
You can always stop by the Qube to chat with a SPARQ! Peer Mentor as well. For more information please contact the program supervisor, Alexandria “Lexie” Mucci email@example.com
Drop in hours are Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm
SPARQ! prioritizes the privacy of all students who attend these events.
Fall 2016 Semester
Out2Lunch Discussion Series
Active Ally Trainings
Active Ally Trainings are formal and interactive workshops providing awareness, education, skills, and forms of actions individuals need to perpetuate a safe and welcoming campus. Each training is tailored to the needs of the audience. Trainings are open to ALL students, staff, and faculty.
For more info, please click here.