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What Are Identity/Affinity Communities?

From research we have learned that college student participation in learning communities produces higher levels of academic effort and outcomes; student learning construction and assimilation; personal, interpersonal, social, and intercultural development; and retention and success.

At Drew we are promoting inclusive and integrated learning communities comprised by students, alums, family members, employers, faculty, staff, and community members. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) encourages active engagement in the Launch Career and Identity/Affinity Communities to pursue and facilitate customized cultural and career development opportunities, networks, support, programs, and resources.

There are 18 distinct Launch communities. About half of them have a career-development focus and the other half have a culture-development focus based on the identity/affinity of its members. The Launch Identity/Affinity Communities have joint oversight from the DEI Office for design, implementation, and function.

The Launch Identity/Affinity Communities are groups of like-minded people who care about the issues impacting that particular community, as well as the contributions of that community to the institution and beyond. Members of each Identity/Affinity Community collaboratively design and promote healthy and sustainable approaches to meeting their needs and contributing to their systems. Join as many communities as you choose; you are welcome here!

Why Should I Work For a Non-Profit?

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The Muse offers this interesting article outlining some of the advantages to getting your career started in a non-profit. It also dispels some myths. Drew is incredibly connected in the non-profit space – come to the Career Center or visit …

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Greg Townsend Director, Center for Internships and Career Development Greg Townsend
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Dana Brooks is an Occupational Therapist.  Everyday she helps people adapt to and overcome challenging situations related to injury or illness.  Her motto is, “If I can do it, you can.”  And knows what she is talking about, because Dana …

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Sir Richard Branson Reframes The Potential Of Being Diagnosed With Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is considered a learning disorder that is estimated to affect 5-10% of the population.  While its effects can create challenges in a student’s educational pathway, Sir Richard Branson, sees the diagnosis as a sign of potential.  He would know, …

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Dana Giroux Director, Accessibility Resources Dana Giroux
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Robotic Breakthrough Enables Children In Wheelchairs To Walk

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Technological breakthroughs in the field of medicine occur have positively changed to lives of many people and the field of robotics is no exception.  This feature from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers highlights the work of University of Toronto …

Posted by Dana Giroux
Dana Giroux Director, Accessibility Resources Dana Giroux
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