Monday, June 19, 2017

Travers Smith launches mentor scheme to empower LGBT+ students - LEGAL CHEEK

by Natalie Kaminski
Originally published:  June 16, 2017

Halfway into Pride Month, Travers Smith has launched a new LGBT+ student mentoring scheme in partnership with sexual orientation charity Just Like Us. It’s the corporate outfit’s most recent initiative to help develop the next generation of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) leaders.

The new programme will take the form of one-to-one mentoring sessions that aim to encourage students to be confident in their identity and openly LGBT+ at work.

Travers notes that many LGBT+ students come out at university, but a staggering 60% go back to concealing their sexual orientation when they start work. To tackle this, the firm has selected 25 mentors with diverse professional backgrounds to support LGBT+ students across the country in their transition from university to employment.