About OutReach

OutReach offers support groups that aims to provide LGBTQ+ students with a space to connect with others, gain support and learn practical, effective emotional coping skills. These groups are opportunities to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ Shockers and build a personal support network on campus, while processing challenges in a supportive environment.

These groups, usually in partnership with the Counseling and Prevention Services, are a FREE service available to all Wichita State University who self-identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. You are generally not required to reserve a seat, tell us any identifying information (such as your last name or myWSU ID) or even attend every meeting.

Session Times (Spring 2023)

LGBTQ+ Support Group

LGBTQ+ Support Group

For those interested in the LGBTQ+ Support Group, our virtual sessions will be held every Monday, starting February 13. Please send an email to Rachel Amerson, MA, T-LMLP (she/her) at rachel.amerson@wichita.edu to learn more or join the support group.

Trans/GNC Support Group

Trans/GNC Support Group

For those interested in the Trans/GNC Support Group, our virtual sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. every Thursday, starting February 16. Please send an email to Rachel Amerson, MA, T-LMLP (she/her) at rachel.amerson@wichita.edu to learn more or receive the link to this support group.

Facilitators

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a strong partnership with Counseling and Prevention Services. Each session are facilitated by that department.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you talk about at OutReach?

OutReach provides spaces where you can build your own personal support network on campus and practice new skills at the same time. It is also an opportunity to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ Shockers and build a personal support network on campus, while processing challenges in a supportive environment.

Is OutReach a therapy service?

No. While the facilitators are graduate students in the mental health professions, the group's main purpose is to give participants the opportunity to build their own support network on campus. If you are currently in crisis or would like more information about individual and group therapy services at Wichita State University, visit the Counseling and Prevention Services website.

If I go to one meeting, do I have to go to all of them?

No! In fact, we encourage participants to attend only the meetings they feel are relevant to their current needs.

I am a graduate student. Can I attend these support groups?

Absolutely! OutReach are a support groups for all Wichita State University members.

I am not out to anyone yet. Will anyone find out if I go to OutReach?

We do not keep records of your contact information and no photography/videography will be taken during the sessions. You also do not have to put your name on any project(s) that are created. Students are also free to come in and out of the designated location during the sessions.