Common Ground Alliance

As part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) builds on the collaborative efforts of the UA Cultural centers, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC), Disability Cultural Center (DCC), and the Immigrant Student Resource Center (ISRC) to provide a comprehensive approach to helping students increase their multicultural awareness and their ability to address social justice inequalities. Through engagement in critical conversations, students learn intergroup dialogue skills, build community with each other, increase awareness across identities, and create space for students to collectively discuss ways to create positive change on campus and in the larger world. 

Common Ground Alliance is funded through the University of Arizona’s Student Services Fee (SSF). The SSF funds supports our work to achieve the following goals: 

  1. Increase awareness and support for student and cultural resource centers.   

  1. Critical dialogue through intersectional programming across the student and cultural resource centers.  

  1. Offer community building opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and experiences by hosting intersectional initiatives.  

  1. Prioritize leadership and professional development of CGA student staff. 

More information about CGA’s Project plan is available online here. Any other questions can be directed to Project Director, Dr. Charlinda Haudley at

CGA Projects:

CGA offers three program areas for UA students to participate in. 

Event Series

CGA supports various heritage and cultural celebrations offered by the Cultural and Resource Centers. These collaborative programming teaches students to engage their intersectional identities and offers space to build community. More information is coming soon.

Queer, Trans, People of Color, and 2Spirit Discussion Group

QTPOC and 2Spirit Discussion Group engages participants in empowerment building dialogues and activities while also presenting events and activities for the wider campus to learn more about being allies to QTPOC. Open to all Queer, Transgender, People of Color, and Two-Spirit community. We invite the Queer, Trans People of Color community to join together regularly throughout the semester, we rotate locations between the Cultural and Resource Centers. Follow QTPOC on Instagram for the most up-to-date information!

The Respecting Inclusion. Striving for Empowerment (RISE) Retreat

The RISE Retreat is a student-led leadership program designed to help you think deeply about leading inclusively and to take your leadership skills to the next level. The retreat focuses on key topics affecting students from marginalized communities while creating and engaging in conversation of allyship. Registration and additional retreat details are coming soon.

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