What Are DEI-Related Affinity Groups, and Why are they Useful?

Saturday, June 15, 9:00 am - 9:45 am

An Affinity Group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest—but what are they for? How do they work? What should you know before considering starting one in your organization or community?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about diversity/equity/inclusion-related Affinity Groups and how they work, and how to make sure they're productive and positive components of your organization.
  2. Discuss the concept of "white space" and other dominant frameworks that pervade most spaces, and how Affinity Groups address such frameworks.
  3. Explore how to engage with those who find affinity groups uncomfortable.


Quanice G. Floyd
Founder & Director
Arts Administrators of Color Network
Washington, District of Columbia

Quanice G. Floyd is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she has received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Educationfrom Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice is also the Founder & Director of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. For the past decade, she has been a public-school music educator where she taught elementary school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. Quanice also serves as a board member for two DC arts organizations, and is an alumna of ArtEquity's Racial Facilitator Cohort, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educators and Arts Administrators Academy, 4.0 Schools' Essentials Program, and the Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy. In 2018, Quanice was honored with the American Express Emerging Leader Award by Americans for the Arts.

Joshua Henry Jenkins
Director of Web and New Media Strategy
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Joshua Henry Jenkins is an interactive media strategist & designer based out of Washington, D.C. by way of North Carolina.  He currently works as the Director of Web and New Media Strategies for Americans for the Arts. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Arts Administrators of Color Network where he leads communications efforts and is a member of the Gay Professional Men of Color DC network. He is also an alum of the 2017 artEquity Facilitator Cohort and the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy.

In service of the communities to which he belongs, he focuses a lot of his time creating and supporting digital work that uplifts people of color, LGTBQIA individuals, citizens of rural areas, and more importantly those who exist at the intersections of those identities . He is also a facilitator around issues of equity, inclusion, access, and privilege in organizational workplace culture in the arts.

In addition, he produces and co-hosts the monthly podcast "Art Accordingly," which interrogates issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts alongside Quanice G. Floyd, founder of the Arts Administrators of Color Network. The two have taken a live version of the podcast to the the National Performance Network Conference, SphinxConnect, and the Arts Equity Summit.

Joshua received his Master of Arts in Interactive Media from Elon University and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.