Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

POC PLSG Details Winter 2022

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.


Spring/Summer 2022 Meeting Schedule:

When: POC PLSG will be meeting 5-6pm on Mondays, fill out interest form to receive meeting details

Location: POC PLSG will alternate between virtual and in person meetings starting 5/9/2022

  • 5/9/22 Virtual
  • 5/16/22 In Person
  • 5/23/22 Virtual
  • 5/30/22 In Person
  • 6/6/22 Virtual
  • 6/13/22 In Person
  • 6/20/22 Virtual
  • 6/27/22 In Person
  • 7/4/22 Virtual
  • 7/11/22 In Person
  • 7/18/22 Virtual
  • 7/25/22 In Person
  • 8/1/22 Virtual
  • 8/8/22 In Person
  • 8/15/22 Virtual


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.



Sampoorna Ravikanth is senior 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 (BICE) volunteer group, is a member of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health’s (MOASH) youth advocacy council, a member of the South Asian Awareness Network, and participates in various other campus activities. She is really interested in health advocacy work and is very excited to continue facilitating POC PLSG where she hopes to create a safe, supportive, and healing environment specifically for survivors of color in the UMICH community. This is her second year facilitating POC PLSG and she is looking forwards to meeting new participants and making new friends!