What is an Affinity Group?
The term affinity group is used as a bringing together of people who have an identifier in common, e.g. race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the “I” perspective. This year we will have the Soul Sistas (African-American), the Asian Pacific Islanders, the Multi-Racial, the White, and the Latino/Latina Affinity Group meetings. (Borrowed from NAIS People of Color Conference)
Affinity groups can and do act as a support system for members of the group.
- Affinity groups can help identify, interpret, interrupt and dismantle sources of oppression or discrimination.
- Affinity groups are safe spaces.
What is an Alliance Group?
The term alliance group is used as a bringing together of people who have a common commitment to an identifier group, e.g. race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Alliance groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and/or as people who support and stand in solidarity with that group. (Borrowed from NAIS People of Color Conference)
- Adoptee Affinity Group
- Black Men United (BMU)
- Black Student Union
- Body Positive Affinity Group
- Jewish Student Coalition
- Middle Eastern and Arab Affinity Group
- Muslim Student Association
- South Asian Affinity Group
- Student Affinity Leadership Council
- Students for Socio-Economic Awareness
- Triple A
The goal of this affinity group is to create a safe space for black men at GDS, as well as get black men at GDS involved in their communities. The BMU is meant to be a place where black men can express how they’re feeling without being judged or criticized and to connect the black men in GDS to create a bigger community and build bonds through mutual experiences. The BMU will be heavily involved in community outreach programs like soup kitchens, packing bags for the less fortunate, etc.
The Student Affinity Leadership Council is a group of high school affinity group leaders and their faculty advisors. Student co-leads are required to attend monthly meetings as ambassadors of their group. The purpose of student leadership council meetings is to bring greater awareness to the inner workings of affinity groups and to gain knowledge on how they can set agendas for each of their affinity group meetings. Additionally, they come together to develop leadership skills, collaborate on programming initiatives and discuss different opportunities where they can engage with students from other divisions. Outside of meetings, students have the opportunity to host workshops and provide input for programming that is directly related to their affinity group.
- Alliance of Anti-Racist Educators (AWARE)
- Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group
- Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Staff of Color (SOC)
- Asian American Pacific Islanders and Allies Affinity Group (AAPI)
- Black Parent Resource Group (BPRG)
- Hispanic and/or Latinx and Allies Affinity Group (HOLA)
- LGBTQ Parents and Allies Affinity Group
- Parents of Students of Color (POSOC)
- Single Family Affinity Group
- South Asian Parents and Allies Affinity Group
- White Anti-Racist Alliance Group