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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: Zoe Bowser C’23

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Zoe Bowser C’23
Major: Studio Art
Minors: Spanish & Art History
Baldwin Honors Scholar
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society)
Launch Career Community: Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: Gender & Sexuality
Tour Guide Coordinator on the Drew Admissions …

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Student Spotlight: Mariia Ezhkova C’21

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Mariia Ezhkova C’21                     
Majors: Business and International Relations
Minor: Spanish
Launch Career Communities: Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship and Social Impact, Education, Law & Government and Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: International Student
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish National Honor …

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Student Spotlight: Vanessa Raab C’21

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Vanessa Raab C’21                                  
Major: Biology
Minors: Public Health and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Baldwin Scholar
Member of TriBeta Biological Honors Society
Launch Career Community: Medicine and Health Professions
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation and Visible/Invisible Disabilities
Senior Advisor for the Gaming …

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Student Spotlight: Chris Coultas C’21


Chris Coultas  C’21                                    
Major: Environmental Studies & Sustainability
Launch Career Community: Science, Technology, Engineering & Sustainability
Launch Identity/Affinity Community: Commuter
Student Director of the Forest Restoration Project

What attracted you to Drew?

I loved the concept that the professors actually …

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How to Succeed as a Commuter Student: 18 Proven Tips

How to Succeed as a Commuter Student: 18 Proven Tips

Being a commuter student brings experiences not shared by one’s on-campus cohort.  Besides differences in how commuter students meet and connect with their peers, there can also be the logistical challenges of navigating multiple forms of transportation, eating, and time …

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