Peer Led Support Group for People of Color, or POC PLSG, a collaboration between SAPAC and MESA, is a drop-in, confidential healing space for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment, who identify as people of color. Facilitated by student staff, POC PLSG is a place for survivors of color at UM to find not only community but healing opportunities, including anxiety-reduction, self-care activities, and mindfulness.
POC PLSG offers low-key activities as well as a safe space for sharing experiences with racial/ethnic identity, violence, and the intersection between both, as people are comfortable sharing. Survivors are welcome whether they experienced harm in college, or earlier in life.
This space specifically centers UM student survivors who identify as people of color; if you do not identify as a person of color, we encourage you to consider joining SAPAC’s general Peer Led Support Group.
To fill out a confidential interest form and receive emails from facilitators: POC PLSG Interest Form.
Fall 2021 Meeting Schedule:
POC PLSG will be meeting Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm, fill out interest form to receive meeting details
Location: POC PLSG will be meeting virtually via Zoom for Fall 2021 and hopes to move toward a hybrid format
Meet the Facilitators:
Olivia Jayakar is a junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in Women's and Gender Studies. She is also minoring in Community Action and Social Change and Intergroup Relations Education. Outside of school, Olivia is involved in SAPAC's Consent, Outreach, and Relationship Education (CORE) volunteer group, works for CommonGround as a facilitator for social justice and social identity related workshops, and is a member of Triota Epsilon Iota. This is Olivia's first semester facilitating POC PLSG and she looks forward to creating a safe environment for survivors of color, meeting new participants, and engaging in healing and care activities with folks on campus.
Sampoorna Ravikanth is sophomore from Ann Arbor, Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Political Science. Outside of school, she is involved in SAPAC’s Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement volunteer group, is a member of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health’s (MOASH) youth advocacy council, works on grassroots campus campaigns with Student PIRG, and participates in various other campus activities. She is really interested in health advocacy work and is very excited to be a co-facilitator for the new POC PLSG where she hopes to create a safe and supportive environment specifically for survivors of color in the umich community. This is her first semester facilitating POC PLSG and she is looking forwards to meeting new participants and creating a welcoming space while embracing the virtual format due to COVID-19.