What Are Affinity Groups and Why Are They Useful?

June 26, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Type: Panel

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:
  • 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.
  • Discuss the concept of "white space" and other dominant frameworks that pervade most spaces, and how Affinity Groups address such frameworks.
  • Explore how to engage with those who find affinity groups uncomfortable.