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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: Bree Scotti C’21

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Brianna Scotti  C’21                          
Majors: Business and Studio Art
Minor: French
Launch Career Community: Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship and Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: First-Generation
Chief Financial Officer of Residence Hall Association
Club Soccer team
Basketball (freshman year)

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Resilience of a First Generation Student: Five Lessons

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First generation college students are often hardworking and adapt well to stress, but their well-being can suffer during the journey of adaptation. Learn and share five lessons from a first gen.

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30 Memorable First Generation College Student Statistics

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The first generation college student statistics you’ll find below direct attention to a complex and prominent issue. 50% of the student population will start college this year at a serious disadvantage – their parents didn’t go to college.

Now: The issue …

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How Will a Biden Presidency Affect International Students’ Job Search?

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It’s been more than a week since Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States. Following Biden’s successful presidential bid, we spoke with international student career expert Marcelo Barros to get a sense of how a Biden …

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Student Spotlight: Liesl Eppes C’21

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Liesl Eppes C’21
Majors: Theater Arts and Spanish
Launch Career Community: Arts, Communications &
Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: Limited Resources
Goof Troupe 2019

What attracted you to Drew?

I was born and raised in South Carolina. I really liked Drew …

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