The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) builds on the collaborative efforts of The UA Cultural Centers, LGBTQ Affairs, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Disability Resource Center to provide a comprehensive approach to helping students increase their multicultural awareness and their ability to address social justice inequalities.
Intersectional collaborative programming teaches about and engages students' multiple identities. Two clubs open to students are:
- Queer People of Color and Two Spirit Discussion Group
- QPOC provides a safe space for LGBTQ students of color to explore issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and racism. Additionally, the QPOC student community hosts events for the wider campus to learn more about being allies to QPOC/2Spirit students.
- A social justice arts program that encourages students to dialogue, understand and create solutions to structural inequities through the art form of spoken word poetry.
The CGA Event Series sponsors a minimum of one major event during Transgender Awareness and Coming Out Week, Native American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and Women’s Herstory Month. CGA also supports programming that explores disability identity as well as support collaborative, multi-identity events beyond nationally designated months and weeks.
The Common Ground Courage Retreat is a social justice training, interpersonal development, and coalition building opportunity for UA students to work together for the development of a more inclusive campus community. Participation comes from intentionally recruited student populations who are not generally able pay to attend social justice trainings as well as from organizations across campus like ASUA, Greek Life, WRC, LGBTQ Affairs and the Cultural Centers.
Intergroup Dialogue is modeled after the IGD program at the University of Michigan, IGD provides UA students opportunities to engage in structured small group work exploring issues related to race, gender, sexual orientation and other identities. The Fall Facilitation Course offers students the training needed to teach the IGD Spring Dialogue Courses. The Spring Dialogue courses offer three sections to cover topics related to Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.