The College of Wooster offers several support groups for students with LGBTQIA+ identities, who are wanting to discuss their own sexuality and gender in order to create connection with peers of similar identities and experiences.

About Support Groups

All support groups are hosted on a weekly basis and follow a structured format that incorporates principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based theories. We ask that students wishing to participate make a commitment to attend the group for a semester and do their best to show up for one another each week. The topics discussed in support groups range from everyday stressors and victories to deeper journeys of identity. Support groups are held virtually until health and safety guidelines permit meeting in person.

Support groups are a confidential way to learn more about yourself, build community, meet others with similar identities, practice mindfulness techniques, and learn supportive tools.

Please email mchesanko@wooster.edu if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

TQBIPOC Support Group

We have a new support group being offered through CDI that we want to highlight. For spring 2021, we have launched a TQBIPOC Support Group that will run weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm and serves to center trans and queer BIPOC identities.

The TQBIPOC Support Group is a collaboration between SGI (Sexuality & Gender Inclusion), MSA (Multicultural Student Affairs), and the Washington Wellness Institute.

Trans/Nonbinary & Queer Support Groups

Our trans, non-binary, and queer support groups are peer-led groups, hosted by trans and non-binary students who have previously participated in multiple semesters of support group and would like to give back to their peers by facilitating. Student facilitators are coordinated and supported by professional staff within CDI branch of Sexuality & Gender Inclusion.

The trans, nonbinary, and queer support groups run weekly on Mondays from 4:00-5:30 pm or on Thursdays from 12:30-2:00 pm and are co-facilitated by SGI and a peer facilitator.

Here are some things that past participants have said about Support Groups:

A Place to Connect with Others:

  • Have met a lot of great people I wouldn’t have otherwise met or gotten to know
  • I’ve made closer friendships with almost everyone I’ve been in a consistent group with
  • Get support and comfort out of group that largely stems from building relationships with other queer and trans students on campus and being able to have each other’s backs

A Way to Build Structure and Accountability:

  • A constant in the ever-changing climate of our world today
  • A great space to decompress from a busy or rough week
  • Provides me with a routine and a space to regularly and positively interact with people
  • Good to have a place where I can sit down and have a scheduled mindfulness practice, as well as actually take stock of how I’m feeling in the moment no matter how my week has been.
  • Helps to have a net of accountability and support

A Space to Give and Receive Support:

  • A safe place to work through some heavier individual stuff when I’ve needed that
  • Different from student organizations because it is more personal and allows for vulnerability, but is also different from having conversations with friends because there is structure and a focus on gaining positive coping mechanisms.
  • Enjoy being able to help others

For more information or to participate in any of the support groups, please contact Melissa Chesanko at mchesanko@wooster.edu.