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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!

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Featured Resources

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