Spectrum Center

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The LGBTQ Peer-led Support Group (PLSG) is a weekly, drop-in and confidential group for survivors who identify as LGBTQ to express concerns and find support among peers in a comfortable setting facilitated by student staff. The group offers semi-structured activities, self-care practices and safe space for sharing if individuals choose to do so and is open to all survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. The LGBTQ Peer Led Support Group is supported in collaboration with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) and the Spectrum center. 

This space specifically centeres survivors who identify as LGBTQ and are currently University of Michigan students; if you do not identity as LGBTQ, we encourage you to consider joining the SAPAC Peer Led Support Group. Learn more here: https://sapac.umich.edu/peer-led-support-group

Where: West Quad (near the Connector), located in the Michigan Union Room 1551

When: Mondays from 6-7:30pm starting on January 14th

Who: The LGBTQ PLSG co-facilitators for the 2018-2019 academic year are Jack Alferio and Katelyn Kennon.

Jack Alferio (he/him/his) is a senior at Eastern Michigan University pursuing his Bachelors of Social Work. He transferred from the University of Toledo in 2017 where he served as President of Spectrum UT (now renamed Prism UT). He has a strong passion for social justice and serves as an intern at the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center for the 2018-2019 school year.


Katelyn Kennon (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the University of Michigan's joint program in social work and sociology studying gender-based violence, transformative justice, and health. She worked as a survivor advocate in Tucson, Arizona and was a founding member of her undergraduate institution's student sexual violence group. Katelyn enjoys bad movies, good reality television, and pub trivia about both. 


For more information, email Amy Burandt, Program Manager for Survivor Care, at aburandt@umich.edu or Roman Christitaens, Assistant Director for Learning and Development, at romanchr@umich.edu.