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 2022 Meeting Schedule:
When: Mondays 7:30-8:30pm (virtual) and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm (in person)
Location: SAPAC Office, 4100 Michigan Union
Meet the Facilitators:
Olivia Jayakar is a senior 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 second 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.
Anna Kreiner is a Senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She has been a volunteer with SAPAC's Consent, Outreach, and Relationship Education (CORE) volunteer group, for three years and is excited to do peer-led work for POC PLSG. Anna has had experience with patient care work for 4 years! She has worked as a crisis residential technician for a crisis home in Washtenaw County, a Patient Attendant at the UM hospital, and an RA for Martha Cook/Mhousing. Outside of work and school, Anna loves weightlifting, photography, painting, and playing with her cat, Eden. Anna is passionate about co-facilitating a group that is safe, warm, and healing for all POC participants. She wants to implement lots of art and non-pressure conversations into POC PLSG. Swing by for a meeting at any time during the semester!