Queer People of Color Coalition (QPOCC) began with the hope to create a community and raise awareness on campus on the issues that face queer people of color in the middle of Fall Quarter 2014.
“Queer people of color often feel displaced on campus, in their communities and in other queer groups,” said Prachi Goyal ‘17.
According to Goyal, Cesar Gutierrez ‘14 wanted to start QPOCC for a long while but he knew that he would be leaving after fall quarter so he started it while he was still here.
The main goal of club is to further build a community. In the future there will be forums with other people of color groups on campus to discuss queer issues. In the spring, the group hopes to have an HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, since it’s an issue that isn’t talked about on campus and it affects everyone, especially queer people of color.
Besides other people of color groups, QPOCC hopes to partner with the Health Center and the Counseling Center in order to spread more awareness on the health and mental issues that the community faces.
“The club is a baby now,” said Goyal. “There is no leader and it like a family. We don’t want to force social justice on people but we want to create a supportive environment.”
Membership varies from week to week but currently there 20-25 people on the Facebook page. QPOCC meets in the Arcus Center every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and which lasts for less than an hour.