SAPAC's Peer-led Support Group is a weekly, drop-in, confidential healing space for UM students who identify as survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, or stalking. The group aims to empower survivors and facilitate resilience, reconnection, stress relief, and anxiety reduction for our participants. We’ll be doing this through semi-structured activities, self-care practices, creative arts, and creating a safe space for sharing if participants choose to do so. Overall, we want to provide a supportive, understanding community that welcomes UM student survivors of all ages, genders, and identities. Activities during the Sunday and Monday meetings of each week with be the same, so people have the opportunity to do the activities regardless of which day they can attend.
WHERE: SAPAC Office Michigan Union Room 1551
WHEN: Sundays and Mondays from 8:00-9:30pm
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2019 PLSG Meetings will be held:
Sunday, September 29th
Monday, September 30th
Sunday, October 6th
Monday, October 7th
NO meeting on Sunday, October 13th for Fall Study Break
Likely no meeting for Fall Study Break but possible on Monday, October 14th
Sunday, October 20th
Monday, October 21st
Sunday, October 27th - Halloween Cookie Decorating!
Monday, October 28th - Halloween Cookie Decorating!
Sunday, November 3rd
Monday, November 4th
Sunday, November 10th
Monday, November 11th
Sunday, November 17th
Monday, November 18th
Sunday, November 24th - Thanksgiving-themed meeting!
Monday, November 25th - Thanksgiving-themed meeting!
NO meeting on Sunday, December 1st for Thanksgiving break
Monday, December 2nd - First meeting back after Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 8th - Last meetings of Fall 2019
Monday, December 9th - Last meetings of Fall 2019
Meet the Facilitators:
Amira Malik is a senior from Dearborn Heights, Michigan studying Comparative Literature with a minor in Gender and Health. Outside of school, she's involved in the Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement volunteer group in SAPAC, research on men's health and IPV at the UM Injury Prevention Center, and will soon be volunteering at the SafeHouse Center. She initially became a PLSG co-facilitator because she wanted to help the wider campus community while actually practicing the principles she learned in her Gender and Health classes. This incredibly fulfilling work has shown her how to provide meaningful survivor-centered care that is rooted in empathy, and she is looking forward to another year of building relationships with participants and planning all sorts of creative projects with Sarah!
Sarah Saks-Fithian is a fifth-year senior from Chicago, Illinois studying Women's Studies with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. When she isn't in class you can find her making pottery in the Residential College ceramics studio where she's a studio assistant or painting murals on the walls of Eugene V. Debs Cooperative House where she lives. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Sarah knew she wanted to get involved in SAPAC from the moment she transferred to U of M in 2016 and she has been volunteering with SAPAC's Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support Volunteer group ever since. She decided to become a PLSG facilitator because she has personally experienced how empowering creative activities can be and she wanted to help create a supportive community for survivors on campus that she could share these methods with. This is Sarah's third and last semester facilitating PLSG with Amira and she is honored to have the incredible opportunity to give survivors a space to heal. This semester she is excited to continue cultivating a restorative group that promotes empowerment and growth through community