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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!

Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23

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Student Spotlight: Abby Huaccho C’23
MAJOR: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MINOR:  Italian
LAUNCH CAREER COMMUNITY: Medical and Health Professions
LAUNCH IDENTITY/AFFINITY COMMUNITIES: Commuter, First-Generation
CLUBS: Tri-Beta (Biological Honors Society), Ciao, and Ariel
ON-CAMPUS JOBS: T.A. for Prof. Dobbelaar, Chemistry 150 …

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Alumni Spotlight: Fabiana Rocha C’20

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Fabiana was born and raised in Brazil and transferred to Drew mainly because of Sunita Bhargava, Director of Transfer & Continuing Education. As a non-traditional and commuting student she was concerned that college would not be a welcoming place, but …

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Alumni Spotlight: Alina Fayerman C’07 – Account Management – Relationship Development – Strategic Planning and Development – Contract Negotiation – Sales

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Alina was born in Moldova (part of the former U.S.S.R.), moved to Brooklyn, NY when she was a child and moved to Morris County, NJ when she was in high school.  She chose Drew because she received a generous scholarship …

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Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Chmelir C’19, Research Assistant at NORC at the University of Chicago

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Sabrina was born on a military base in Germany and grew up in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Washington State before coming to NJ. She applied to Drew as a transfer student and liked that Drew was a small liberal …

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Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Bishop C’14, School Planning Specialist at Richmond Public Schools in Virginia

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Andrew W. Bishop is originally from Absecon, NJ, and currently lives in Richmond, VA. He graduated from Drew University in 2014 with a B.A. in political science and Chinese. Andrew taught in rural communities within the Teach For All network …

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