• Affinity
  • Groups
GDS Affinity Groups are groups for staff, students and parents, aimed at bringing together individuals with a common identity while offering guidance and support. They are an integral part of the GDS mission.
These affinity groups support the school’s goal of making sure all in the GDS community feel loved, supported, seen and heard. Given that inclusion is a crucial part of the GDS mission, most affinity groups at GDS are open to allies — individuals who may not share the affinity group’s specific identity but who otherwise share an interest in it.

What is an Affinity Group?
An affinity group is a group whose members share a particular identity. Affinity groups bring together people with a common identifier, such as race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Members of the group can speak to their shared identity from the “I” perspective, knowing they can be their full authentic selves without judgment.

  • 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.

At GDS we currently have:

  • 3 Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups
  • 7 Parent Affinity Groups
  • 2 MS Student Affinity Groups
  • 15 HS Student Affinity Groups