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Discussion Groups

The Office for Social Justice and Diversity create space for undergraduate and graduate students who share similar identities to come together in a welcoming environment to build community, share experiences, and support one another. These discussion groups are facilitated by trained Peer Facilitators and discussions are based on different topics each week. Our groups are open to anyone and others are confidential spaces designed solely for people who share the identity of that specific group. The open groups are defined in the descriptions below and the confidential spaces are marked below with an “*”.

Students looking to observe in order to fulfill academic requirements will NOT be permitted. Those students should instead register to attend an informative workshop or training session or email diversity@montclair.edu for assistance. 

Spring 2022 Schedule


ACES AND AROS  – LGBTQ Center

A weekly discussion group for undergraduate and graduate students in the asexual community, identifying as asexual, aromantic, demisexual, etc. This group is dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of asexual identities at Montclair State by providing support and friendship in an open and caring environment.

Time: Tuesdays 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitators: Ella (she/her) & Blaine (they/them)


BEYOND BINARIES  – LGBTQ Center
A weekly discussion and support group for bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, fluid, intersex, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, two-spirit, queer, or questioning students. This group is dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of non-binary identities at Montclair State by providing support and friendship in an open and caring environment.

Time: Wednesdays 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Nikki (she/her) & Blaine (they/them)


EMPATHY AND CONNECTION – Center for Faith and Spirituality & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
A weekly series focusing on various current events and ongoing issues that are happening around the world.

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Facilitator: Not Currently Running

F.A.B (Fearless and Big) – Office for Social Justice and Diversity

A weekly discussion group for individuals who describe themselves as bigger-bodied, fat, plus-size, chubby, thick, etc. to discuss issues relevant to the community, examine intersections of identity and discuss experiences. New topics each week! All genders, races, sexualities, faiths, etc. are welcome!

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FIRST TO FINISH: First-Generation College Student Conversations (FGCSC) – Office for Social Justice and Diversity (OSJD) & Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

First to Finish is a biweekly discussion group for first-generation undergraduate students at Montclair State University. First-generation students are students whose parents do not have college degrees. First to Finish meets every other Thursday at 5:00pm in Student Center Room 419. Group meeting dates: January 27, 2022 (Zoom), February 10, 2022 (Zoom), February 24, 2022 (Zoom), March 17, 2022 (SC417), March 31, 2022 (SC417), April 14, 2022 (SC417), & April 28, 2022 (SC417). For more information, email Facilitator Angela White: whiteang@mail.montclair.edu

Time: Thursdays 5:00PM
Location Student Center Room 417 & Zoom
Facilitator: Ms. Angela White (she/hers)

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HEALING EVERY SHADE – Multicultural Center & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
A weekly guided meditation group for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to reflect on their experiences.

Time: Tuesdays 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Cris (he/they) & Dr. Jude Uy (he/him)


MEN’S GROUP* – LGBTQ Center
A weekly group for gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning cis and trans men. This group is a great way to meet other queer men of Montclair State and hang out in a relaxing, safe space. This group is trans-inclusive so anyone who identifies as a man may attend, regardless of sex assigned at birth.

Time: Wednesdays 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Sean (he/him) & aiden (he/they)


OPEN DOORS*– LGBTQ Center
A weekly support group run by CAPS for queer and questioning students in various stages of the coming out process. Please email wadhwanis@mail.montclair.edu for questions.

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Location: Not Currently Running
Facilitator: Not Currently Running


Q-MMUNITY– LGBTQ Center
Q-mmunity is a weekly queer meet-up/discussion group LGBTQ+ and allied students. Come engage in fun, laid-back discussions ranging from identity, current and social issues and events, and life in general. Join our Q-mmunity – whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, same-gender loving, two-spirit, asexual, or questioning… or fall anywhere on the queer spectrum.

Time: Wednesdays 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Alyssa (she/they)



QUEER and/or TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR (QTPoC)*– LGBTQ Center
A weekly discussion and support group providing LGBTQ+ students of color with a space to explore their identities and the intersections between race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more!

Time: Mondays 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Kris (they/them) & Rachel (she/her)


TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES*– LGBTQ Center
A weekly discussion and support group for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, agender, bigender, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, or any other non-cisgender or non-binary identity to discuss topics like navigating Montclair State, gender identity, expression, transitioning, and friends and family.

Time: Wednesdays 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Student Center Room 417
Facilitator: Ray (he/him) & Cris (he/they)



WOMEN’S GROUP*– LGBTQ Center
A weekly meeting space for lesbian, bisexual, queer, and questioning cis and trans women. Come hang out in a relaxing, safe space with other queer women of Montclair State. This group is trans-inclusive so anyone who identifies as a woman may attend, regardless of sex assigned at birth.

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