“Ethnicity should enrich us; it should make us a unique people in our diversity and not be used to divide us.”—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Politician


This community is designed to be a space for people who identify with or are interested in learning more about diversity and ethnic heritage backgrounds. This community offers resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich the academic experience and promote success as a student. Importantly, we offer a support system to promote the academic and personal success of each student!

The Ethnic/Racial Heritage Identity/Affinity Community brings together faculty, staff, alums, and community members seeking to invest early in our next generation of leaders: diverse students who have succeeded through trials and are ready to lead the way toward finding solutions to problems in our society today. Our ethnic heritage informs how we may be unique and different from others, and how we can learn to complement each other and collaborate toward reaching our goals. Because of our diversity, many members of non-majority groups are at the end of oppression and lack of access. This community is designed to recognize, appreciate, celebrate, promote, and support each individual because of their diversity and contributions. This is a space where students can focus on becoming ready to develop as early career professionals.

If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

Art As Sanctuary – Reflections Of A Young Palestinian Artist

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The Art Department, Middle East Studies, the Social Entrepreneurship New York Semester, Students for Justice in Paslestine and Women’s and Gender Studies are pleased to invite the Drew community to a talk with Palestinian artist, Malak Matar who will speak …

Posted by Yasmin Acosta
Yasmin Acosta Launch Catalyst Yasmin Acosta
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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

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These words, spoken to an audience in Montgomery, Alabama by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are just as relevant today as they were in 1957.  It is in this spirit that the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion …

Posted by Sari Pascoe
Sari Pascoe Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sari Pascoe
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Drew Theological School Students Launch to a New Level

Four students share the benefits of Launch’s career and identity/affinity communities through poster presentations. Read more here!

Posted by Jennifer Islam
Jennifer Islam Launch Catalyst Jennifer Islam
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Frozan Shahnoori C’22 Builds a Library for Girls in Kabul

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“I had to show the community that it was just something new, not something bad,” said Frozan Shahnoori C’22 who found her calling as a 10th grader in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Here is her story in her own words and images.

Posted by Amy Sugerman
Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement Amy Sugerman
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