CCAS Affinity Groups

What is an Affinity Group?

Affinity groups are employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities, experiences, and other common bonds. Through participation in an affinity group, staff, and faculty help foster a community of belonging by actively contributing to an inclusive and respectful workplace that values efforts specific to diversity, inclusion, and respect.


The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences LatinX Affinity Group is an advocacy, leadership development, and social network that addresses LatinX issues in higher education, including the educational concerns and advancement of the CCAS LatinX community.

Chair: Omar García-Ponce                                                                             Co-chair: Nanci Esparza 

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The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group's vision is to foster a college climate where all members of the Faculty, Staff, and Allies are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Chair:  Trey Johnston                                                                                          Co-chair: (Vacant) 

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BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color)

The mission of the BIPOC Affinity Group is to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among the BIPOC faculty and staff of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences through mentoring and networking in an effort to provide an organized support system that will enhance the cultural diversity within the college.

Chair: Gregory Nelson                                                                                    Co-chair: Anna Marie Siegel

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APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American)

Recognizing and honoring the rich ethnic, cultural, and social diversity of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Asian Pacific Islander Desi American faculty and staff, the purpose of the APIDA Affinity Group is to create, engage, maintain, and sustain a visible and supportive APIDA community.

Chair: (Vacant)                                                                                                    Co-chair: (Vacant)

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Women of CCAS 

The Women of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Affinity Group's mission is to offer a safe space to discuss and access resources, commune in fellowship, expand professional networks, and strengthen social interactions.

Chair: Candace Summer-Robinson                                                             Co-chair: Alexa Joubin


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