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People of Color

Where can I connect with LGBTQ students of color?

Crossroads Initiative: a community for LGBTQ students of color

Crossroads Initiative is a uniquely Wisconsin approach to addressing the intersectional realities of student’s lives. This initiative bridges the work of the LGBT 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 students of color, facilitated by staff and peers (more info).
  • Reel to Real: a movie screening and discussion series featuring films about LGBTQ people of color.
  • Link Potluck: gatherings of LGBTQ students of color and their allies to link communities, break bread, and feed souls.
  • Wisconsin Queer People of Color Conference: an inaugural conference in October 2015 that brought together queer students of color from across the state.

For more information, see the Crossroads page or contact coordinator Sheltreese McCoy at

What are some resources for QPOC?

Queer people of color may have particular needs around coming out and building community. Find some PDF resources and relevant organizations below.

QPOC guide produced by Crossroads- click to download PDF

NE2SS Two-Spirit Resource Directory

The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (NE2SS) has released their comprehensive resource directory for 2013. Check it out for US-based Two-Spirit groups, youth organizations, books, films, and training.

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.

What are some student organizations to check out?

Although these organizations are not specially tailored to LGBTQ students, all students of color and allies are welcome.

What do UW nondiscrimination policies say about people of color?

The UW Office for Equity and Diversity “is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access and to complying with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and UWS and university non-discrimination policies and procedures.” Students are protected under the bases of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, ethnicity (specifically involving harassment by UW employees), marital or parental status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, retaliation for making a complaint of discrimination, taking part in an, investigation relating to discrimination, sex, and sexual orientation.

For further information, please visit the Office for Equity and Diversity website.

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