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Finding Community: Affinity Groups

As we continue to move forward to create a community of belonging, we want to borrow the model from our friends at the Black Faculty and Staff Association to create working groups that will foster togetherness, community, and activism for our underrepresented faculty and staff.

Take the survey

If you are interested in becoming part of starting these groups on our campus, please fill out this short survey. Together Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, will work together to provide a platform to faculty and staff to advocate for voices of color and other marginalized folks.

Please note: These affinity groups will center the voices of those that have been historically marginalized, placing them in leadership within in the group, listening to their expertise, and supporting them in their pursuit for social justice.

The purpose of the Faculty and Staff Associations is to:

  • Establish and maintain community by providing a vehicle for faculty, administrators, and staff to network, collaborate in professional activities and communicate concerns.
  • Engage in strategic advocacy on behalf of University of Utah’s underrepresented community and serve as an influential voice to central administration with information and advice.
  • Provide a forum for dialogue and subsequent action on issues and concerns that affect the university’s underrepresented Faculty, Staff, and Students.
  • Support and promote outreach and public service activities with the external community.
  • To function as an informative organization in support of recruitment, career development and retention of underrepresented staff, faculty and students while supporting the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.