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 , text 207-558-2654, or stop by the Qube, 220 Chase Hall, to be matched with a SPARQ! Peer
SPARQ! Peer Mentors
Click here to be matched with a SPARQ! Peer or text 207-558-2654.
Yara Abdelhady, SPARQ! Peer Mentor & Educator, is a junior from Egypt. Yara is excited about being a part of SPARQ! because they want to take positive action towards making the campus more inclusive. Yara enjoys their spare time learning and advocating around Middle Eastern politics, philosophy, football (not the American kind), and scuba diving.
Deshun Peoples, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a senior Studio Art and Rhetoric double major and Chinese minor. In his sophomore year, as a Queer Peer Mentor in the OIE, he was able to help his mentees explore identity and navigate transitioning to college. Having gone through the coming out process almost entirely from Bates’ campus, Deshun understands how significant our Bates experiences are in shaping who we become as individuals. As a mentor, he was absolutely honored to have walked with several mentees through the coming out process-arguably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do a a queer person-and to this day, Deshun has yet to know a greater joy.
Rachel Marks, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a senior studying Women and Gender Studies from New York City. As a leader of Outfront for the past two years, Rachel is excited to continue her involvement in the LGBTQ+ community at Bates with SPARQ! Taking on a mentorship role, she is looking forward to providing support to all students at Bates regardless of what identities they hold. Rachel has also been involved with AASIA, the Women’s Rugby Team, and DJ society.
Cameron Huftalen, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a sophomore from New Hampshire, currently studying history and European studies. As an incoming genderfluid, pansexual first-year, Cameron found great friends and support through SPARQ! and it’s programs, and is very excited to be a part of the team this year and to be able to help others to find the same success. Cameron has mentored with Outright L/A, and hopes to continue being engaged with LGBTQ+ issues and events both on and off the Bates campus.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop in hours are Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm
SPARQ! prioritizes the privacy of all students who attend these events.
Fall 2016 Semester
Thursday Sept. 22
Thursday Oct. 13
Thursday Nov. 17
Thursday Dec. 8
Thursday Jan. 19
Thursday Feb. 9
Thursday Mar. 2
Thursday May 4
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.
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