We offer a platform for an intergenerational exchange of experience among students, young professionals, and seniors. This facilitates discussions or information exchange among like-minded people, allows our members to bring up any issues related to LGBT matters, and helps to build Switzerland’s most diverse network. Here, everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they are homo-, bi-, trans- or intersexual. We aim to broaden this network over time: We welcome students from all fields of study and look forward to welcoming LGBT professionals from all sectors and industries.
We connect people and create a platform on which individuals can share their experiences. This offers you individual assistance in your personal and professional development. So, take this chance and learn from your peer group!
Once every semester, the ‘Get Connected Apéro’ gives everyone the opportunity to meet other participants. This is your chance to expand your personal network and to broaden your horizon. Panel discussions bring current trends and topics into focus and round up the event. We’re looking forward to meeting you there!
Are you a student or doing your PhD? Are you homo-, bi- or transsexual and would like to meet your peers to exchange your experiences regarding LGBT-related topics at the workplace? Would you like to benefit from the expertise of an extensive network of LGBT-professionals? Then GetConnected – unique in Switzerland – is just what you are looking for! GetConnected offers a platform for intergenerational exchange of experiences among students, young professionals and UniGay alumni. This facilitates interaction among like-minded people, allows our members to touch on LGBT-related topics – and finally builds Switzerland’s most diverse network.
We can draw on an extensive pool of Alumni and other LGBT-professionals to find just the right mentor for you. Our so-called “Seniors” come from all sectors and levels of hierarchy. While you will be mainly supported by your designated mentor, the entire pool is available for you to exchange your experiences and build your own network.
As a mentee, or so-called “Junior”, you will meet about two or three times per semester with your Senior. In addition to the meetings you have with your mentor, there is a GetConnected-Aperitif once a semester with interesting discussions, many participants as well as drinks and food. Anyone is welcome, whether they currently partake in the programme or not.
Whether you are out or still in the closet, proper role models are usually not available for LGBT youth. GetConnected wants to change that. Even if you are open about your sexuality in public, there is lot to take away from such a programme.
Primarily, Seniors will support Juniors in both their personal and professional development. At the same time, Seniors get the great chance to (re)connect with other Alumni and professionals. GetConnected not only serves as a great network for students and Juniors, but due to the unique diversity of GetConnected, it also allow professionals to extend their networks to other sectors and fields of study. Ideally, the programme is not a one-way road: it is also a valuable opportunity for everyone.
The bi-annual apéro is the central exchange platform at Get Connected. The night consists of two parts: First, recent topics, experiences and developments will be presented and discussed. The actual networking takes place during a more festive part of the night. Participating at the Get Connected apéro does not require you to be a member of the mentoring programme. We welcome everyone who is interested and are also more than pleased to extend our warm welcome to your friends and partners.
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The organisation is led by Luise Arn, Dominik Probst, Jérome Studer and Oliver Welti. They are being operationally supported by unigay as well as the LGBT associations of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. When it comes to strategic matters, they can count on the know-how of an advisory board consisting of Prof. Dr. Dirk Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel.
Get in touch if you are interested in supporting us as an LGBT organisation and network. We are open to new cooperations and partnerships.