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Staff Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that express the values of mutual understanding and shared community. Affinity Groups encourage inclusive membership to learn about others and provide support for similar interests and concerns. Affinity Groups do not exclude on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, mental illness or ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, sex characteristics, religious, creed, or individual political opinions.

Employee organization of Affinity Groups is encouraged to provide opportunities for individuals to become more involved in campus life and to foster a culture of respect and inclusive community. This purpose reflects the intentions of President Miller’s Strategic Priority to create a welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate for all.

Staff Council has created Staff Affinity Groups to coordinate and assist staff members in making connections across campus to build supportive safe havens, grow interests and hatch ideas, and spotlight achievements and accomplishments.

Those interested in forming and/or joining an Affinity Group should refer to the handbook below for group guidelines and requirements.

Staff Affinity Group Handbook Staff Affinity Group Proposal


To launch this initiative, Staff Council has proposed the formation of four initial groups:

  • Black/African American staff
  • LGBTQIA+ staff
  • Veteran/military staff
  • International staff

Please note these are not the official names of each group. Group names will be decided once each group meets. Staff Council is currently accepting nominations for these group leaders. If you or someone you know is interested in leading one of these groups, please complete the Group Leader Nomination form below.

Nominate a Group Leader