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Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups

Join your friends and peers for the following drop-in discussion groups on identity and community! Groups are facilitated by student peers and university staff members. Groups are not intended to replace therapy or counseling, and they are not open for research or observation.

You are welcome to drop in any of the groups below or contact their facilitators directly. Thanks for checking them out!

Gender Explorers

This open discussion group is a space for participants who identify across the gender identity/expression and trans spectrums to come together and explore concepts and constructs of gender in their own lives. This group is open to all members of the UW campus community.

For now: Find us on the GSCC discord in the TGQ channel!

Facilitator contacts: Eli Busk

Queerly Beloved

A group at Pres House for LGBTQ+ (and questioning) students and young adults to share fresh-cooked dinner and bond with each other across faith experiences.  We are a welcoming, uplifting space with no agenda but to form organic connections.  We include people of faith as well as those with more complicated faith backgrounds.  No matter your current beliefs, you are welcome at Queerly Beloved.

Pres House

Facilitator contact: Becca at Pres House

Fluid Sexualities

Are you bi ᐧ pan ᐧ queer ᐧ questioning ᐧ otherwise fluid in your identity? Join us at Fluids+ for an in-community space to discuss identities, experiences, your needs & voices, and more <3 

Grad group: every other Monday, 5-6:00pm, Discord 

All students: every other Tuesday, 1-2:30pm, GSCC

Sept 27 & 28: kickoff & games
Oct 11 & 12: navigating fluidity
Oct 25 & 26: dating & relationships
Nov 8 & 9: polyam & nonmonogamy
Nov 22 & 23: ~family~ & holidays
Dec 6 & 7: media & representation

Facilitator contacts:
Ariel Teal, Michelle Edwards

Rainbow Recovery

In partnership with Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery, the GSCC is supporting space for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals to come together and talk about issues related to substance use, sobriety, and recovery-positive spaces. Everyone is welcome!

Facilitator contact: Maddie Matijevich at livefreeuwmadison@gmail.com

Event Series Discussion Groups

These groups have morphed from biweekly discussions to trips, special events, and topic-based get-togethers! Check them out and and join us.

rooted

rooted is an event series intended for those who self-identify as LGBTQ people of color. We hope to provide a space to discuss your experiences with multiple intersecting identities and find support and fellowship with folks who’ve shared similar experiences. Come speak to the barriers you encounter because of your identities and share what you love about yourself and your communities.

Facilitator contact: Tiffany Lee

Queer Students of Faith

Looking for a place to learn more about queer-affirming theology? Want to connect with other LGBTQ+ students? Hoping to explore your spirituality in a safe place? Queer Students of Faith is a space where LGBTQ+ students can bring all of who they are – their faith journeys, gender identities, sexual orientations – and learn more about Queer Theology!

The Crossing and YouTube Live
Every third Thursday
5:30-6:30pm

September 21: Queering Theology
October 19: Queering Creation
November 16: Queering the Bible

Facilitator contact: Benjamin at The Crossing

Discussion group coordinators

Katherine Charek Briggs

Position title: Assistant Director

Email: katherine.charekbriggs@wisc.edu

Phone: 608 890 4520