Design Faculty of Color Affinity Spaces to Improve Retention



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Create affinity spaces that validate and empower your faculty of color.

Building affinity spaces for your faculty of color is one way you can improve retention efforts. These spaces not only connect underrepresented faculty to each other, they increase faculty productivity and institutional loyalty. However, it’s not enough to simply offer these affinity spaces – you must also organize them with clear structure and intention, so that faculty of color know their voices and concerns will be heard and responded to by upper administration.

Join us online and learn how to create a structure for your affinity spaces that engages both faculty of color and administration. Our expert instructor will guide you through an 8-step process for formalizing the design, budgeting, policies, and procedures of your affinity spaces so that collaboration between faculty of color and upper administration is made easy and your faculty of color feel supported.


Who Should Attend

Faculty, academic leaders, and representatives from Human Resources who oversee recruitment or retention efforts for faculty of color will benefit most from this webcast. This training is designed for campuses who are looking to develop new affinity spaces or refine existing ones for their faculty of color and other minoritized faculty members.



After reviewing the benefits of establishing faculty of color affinity spaces, our speaker will walk you through the eight steps required to formalize your campus affinity groups, including:

  1. Identifying informal and formal groups - both new and existing
  2. Using data to identify the needs for an affinity group
  3. Creating institutional policies and procedures
  4. Developing a funding structure
  5. Creating an application process
  6. Identifying meeting structures
  7. Conducting assessments
  8. Coordinating programmatic initiatives and campus outreach


Portrait of Jeanine Bias-Nelson

Jeanine Bias

Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator, Sam Houston State University

Currently, Jeanine serves as a resource for advisement and consultation on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her responsibilities include providing leadership to investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights violations as well as develop and facilitate university wide training programs and activities related to Title IX, Title VII, and other Equal Employment Opportunities/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) laws and regulations.

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