We offer a platform for an intergenerational exchange of experience among students, young professionals, and seniors. This facilitates discussions or exchange among like-minded people, allows our members to bring up any issues related to LGBTQ matters, and helps to build Switzerland’s most diverse network. Here, everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality. We aim to broaden this network over time: We welcome LGBTQ students from all fields of study and look forward to welcoming LGBTQ 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 Event 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 LGBTQ trends and topics into focus. A large networking apéro riche rounds up the event. We’re looking forward to meeting you there!
Are you a student or doing your PhD? Are you considering yourself as LGBTQ and would like to meet your peers to exchange your experiences regarding LGBTQ-related topics at the workplace? Would you like to benefit from the expertise of an extensive network of LGBTQ-professionals? Then Get Connected – unique in Switzerland – is just what you are looking for! Get Connected offers a platform for intergenerational exchange of experiences among students, young and seasoned professionals. This facilitates interaction among like-minded people, allows our members to touch on LGBTQ-related topics – and finally builds Switzerland’s most diverse network.
We can draw on an extensive pool of Alumni and other LGBTQ-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 learn from and 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. You will set the path for your joint development and mentoring. In addition to the tête-à-tête meetings you have with your personal mentor, there is the Get Connected Event once every semester with intriguing LGBTQ related discussions and speeches, diverse participants as well as food and drinks. 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 hard to find and approach for the LGBTQ youth. Get Connected wants to change that. Even if you are open about your sexuality in public, there is lot to take away through our intergenerational exchange of experience.
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 and get in touch with prospective colleagues. Get Connected not only serves as a great network for students and Juniors, but due to the unique diversity of Get Connected, 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 event 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 Event does not require 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.
19:00 Doors open
19:30 Panel starts
20:45 Apéro Riche
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.