SPARQ! First Week Schedule!


bobcat new textSPARQ! 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

SPARQ! Peer Mentors are the foundation of the SPARQ! Program. Mentors are trained to provide support for personal, social, and academic concerns to all students who identify as LGBTQIA+, or questioning their sexual or gender identity.

Click here to be matched with a SPARQ! Peer.

19601047_1370495023044125_6582044487187332068_nJachai 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

For more info join our SPARQ! listserv or email

The Qube

The Qube, a comfy room on the second floor of Chase Hall, provides a safe, welcoming, and private space for students to meet with SPARQ! Peers. The Qube is also used for SPARQ! programming and discussions.

Drop in hours are Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm

QConnect Dinners

QConnect is a meal and conversation gathering where LGBTQIA+ students and their allies connect and foster a sense of community through cooking, sharing a meal, discussions and the sharing of personal experiences. Discussion topics are prepared by the Assistant Director in the OIE and the LGBTQIA+ Peer Mentors. These conversations queries are broad but guided through the lens of gender, sexual, and romantic diversity, QConnect is hosted in the Office of Intercultural Education on various Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

SPARQ! prioritizes the privacy of all students who attend these events.

Please refer to the Calendar or Events or Facebook for more info!

Fall 2016 Semester

Monday, Sept. 4th @ 6:00pm

Thursday, Sept. 28th @ 6:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 5th @ Noon

Sunday, Dec. 10th @ Noon

Out2Lunch Discussion Series

 Out2Lunch is a monthly lunchtime informational discussion series focusing on topics, identities, and resources relevant to LGBTQIA+ college students and their allies. Out2Lunch is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Grab your lunch from commons and join us upstairs.

Check out the OIE Calendar for event dates!

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.

Student Sign Up

Faculty/Staff Sign Up

For more info, please click here.


Check out our LGBTQ @ Bates Page!