Affinity Groups

We meet in affinity groups to feel the safe space, solidarity, and rejuvenation that come from these groups. The overarching vision for affinity group work is to provide a safe space for all participants to identify important issues and common concerns through dialogue, using our individual voices to bring about affirmation, fellowship, connection and empowerment. Affinity groups are open to individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the "I" perspective.

We offer Upper School students the following racial affinity spaces:
AAA - Asian American Alliance
AWARE - Association for White Anti-Racist Education
BSA - Black Student Alliance
FiGS - First and Second Generation Students
HOLA - Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness
M&Ms - Multiracial and Multiethnic students

We also offer Upper School students the following gender and sexual orientation space:
GLOW - Gay, Lesbian or Whatever (*Please note that GLOW is a space for LGBTQ+ students and their straight and cisgender allies.)

Our affinity program has been reimagined to create opportunities to engage across multiple social identifiers. In addition to racial affinity groups, students will meet regularly in a heterogenous home group where they will build language and frameworks around various pieces of identity development. We will also convene affinity spaces, highlighted by activities and workshops, to engage with other identifiers such as class, gender, sexual orientation, religion and more. 

Connect with Us

If you have comments, questions, or ideas, please reach out to:

Latoya Allen
Lower School Director of Community Engagement
lallen@riverdale.edu

Dwight Vidale '01
Middle/Upper School Director of Community Engagement
dvidale@riverdale.edu

Emily Schorr-Lesnick '07
Upper School Diversity Coordinator
eschorrlesnick@riverdale.edu 

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