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 2020 Meeting Schedule:
Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm (begining September 15th)
Location: POC PLSG will be meeting virtually for Fall 2020
Meet the Facilitators:
Isabel Martinez is a senior from Chicago, Illinois studying Gender and Health. She is involved in the SAPAC’s Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement group, is a research assistant for the Resilience in Context Lab, is a doula, and is a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. She is excited that POC PLSG was created because there is a safe space specifically for people of color on campus to be able to access comfortably. She wanted to become a POC PLSG co-facilitator because she wanted to become part of a community that helps establish a confidential, welcoming, and empowering environment for people of color in their journey toward healing and growth. Isabel is looking forward to building relationships with participants and helping to create engaging projects and activities that provide survivor-centered care.
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.