Crossroads Initiative

Crossroads Initiative is a uniquely Wisconsin approach to addressing the intersectional realities of student’s lives. This initiative bridges the work of the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and the Multicultural Student Center to address the needs of students living at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and other layers of identity.

Some of our programs include:

  • rooted: a discussion group for self-identified queer and trans students of color
  • LGBTQ Speakers of color such as Janet Mock, Ignacio Rivera, and Brown Boi Project
  • Workshops addressing the issues salient for LGBTQ students of color
  • Movie screenings featuring films about LGBTQ people of color

Coordinator: Tiffany Lee Intern: Dequadray White

rooted is a peer-facilitated discussion group 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.

Every other Wednesday, 6:00-7:30pm, Red Gym

Contact: Tiffany Lee


Cover of the QPOC resource guide

The QPOC Resource Guide (PDF) was created by Crossroads. We have compiled reference lists that highlight books, articles, movies, organizations, and websites & blogs that feature the experiences of queer people of color (QPOC).

By no means are these lists comprehensive; they are simply a starting point for identifying QPOC resources. This guide and the materials within it do not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendations, or favoring by UW-Madison.

WTQPOCC flyer from 2016 featuring a colorful illustration of three smiling people

The Wisconsin Trans and Queer People of Color Conference (WTQPOCC) is an annual space for queer communities of color and allies, particularly students, to come together to engage in meaningful dialogues focused on the intersections of identities of trans and queer people of color (TQPOC).

Participants have the opportunity to engage in educational workshops, presentations, and caucuses that will provide them with tools to navigate societal and institutional barriers that queer people of color encounter on campus and in larger communities. We use the time together explore the complexity and critical necessity of coalition building through intersectional and social justice lenses.

More info on WTQPOCC 2017 soon!

Online resources

Shades of Yellow website
Shades of Yellow (SOY) is a Hmong LGBTQ nonprofit organization that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development. SOY has an active Facebook community.

NE2SS Two-Spirit Resource Directory
The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS) built a comprehensive resource directory. Check it out for US-based Two-Spirit groups, youth organizations, books, films, and training.

Indigenous and Two-Spirit materials in the CC library

Local & regional orgs

Freedom Inc.
Freedom Inc. is a Black and Hmong, queer-, trans- and women-led anti-violence liberation organization that engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County.

GSAFE- Foundations of Leadership
FOL is a dynamic course for MMSD high school students focused on the experiences of students of color with an emphasis on racial justice, LGBTQ issues and social justice.