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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!

Students of Color Peer Mentoring Interest Form

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“My name is Gabriella Ramirez. I am a rising Sophomore here at Drew University. During my first year at Drew as a Latinx woman, I felt alone, isolated, and that I had no support as a student of Color. Feeling …

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Decolonizing your Bookshelf – Summer 2020

Decolonizing your Bookshelf - Summer 2020

Are you looking to decolonize your bookshelves by reading authors of Color and have dialogues about topics such as intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, mass incarceration and more? The Office of Student Engagement is continuing one of Drew’s …

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Alumni Spotlight: Poet and Educator Rage Hezekiah C’06

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Rage Hezekiah is a New England based poet and educator, who earned her B.A. from Drew University and MFA from Emerson College. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony, and The Ragdale Foundation, and is the recipient …

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Black Lives Matter Is Winning

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In this opinion piece from the New York Times, columnist , discusses how the tide is turning on the issue of racial justice and the significant impact that the Black Lives Matter movement is having.  Read the article

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What Underrepresented Law School Applicants Should Know

What Underrepresented Law School Applicants Should Know

Check out this link to learn about “What Underrepresented Law School Applicants Should Know.”

Includes important information about enrollment and identities.

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