Affinity Groups

Everett Community College Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups are voluntary associations of Everett Community College employees who gather together around a common interest. Affinity Groups play a vital role in developing and improving employee morale and the campus climate. At Everett Community College, Affinity Groups support the shared mission, vision and values of the College, as described in the Strategic Plan and the Campus Civility Statement. Affinity Groups break down barriers of rank and work group around shared interests, to encourage collaboration and understanding.

Current Affinity Groups at EvCC:

  • African/ Black Affinity Group
    • The African/Black Affinity Group serves as a strategic organization between African and Black faculty and staff at Everett Community College with the intent to foster community and growth here on campus. Our purpose is to encourage African and Black faculty and staff to connect with one another and create new opportunities for networking, mentorship, and leadership. In doing so we build strong relationships that allow us to better advocate and organize for one another and our students on campus and within the broader community. As a diverse population made up of multiple ethnicities filled with layers of intersectionality, we are a space that creates an opportunity to build cultural competency and develop an understanding of our identity and its many complex facets. Our hope is to create a safe space where we can engage in intentional community dialogue, exchanging our diverse set of opinions, and challenging ourselves in order to promote a culture of understanding and empowerment.
    • I want more information about the African/ Black Affinity Group
  • Latinx Affinity Group
    • The Latinx Affinity Group serves as a strategic organization between Latinx staff to foster community and growth here on campus. Our purpose is to encourage Latinx staff to connect with one another and create new opportunities for networking, mentorship, and leadership. In doing so we create, new partnerships that help us better understand and develop changes for our greater community’s needs. As a diverse population made up of multiple
      ethnicities filled with layers of intersectionality, we provide cultural competency opportunities to develop an understanding of our identity and its many complex facets. Our hope is to create a safe space where we can engage in internal community dialogue, exchanging our diverse set of opinions, challenging ourselves in order to promote a culture of understanding and empowerment.
    • I want more information about the Latinx Affinity Group
  • LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group
  • Decentering Whiteness Affinity Group
    • We will seek to educate, equip, and inspire EvCC’s employees who identify as white and are committed to antiracist work. The goals of the group are to:
      • Exercise, model and improve anti-racist practices
      • Analyze racism and white privilege
      • Build consciousness of privilege and oppression
      • Build community with other white people engaging in anti-racism work
      • Understand how power has been used both historically and currently by white dominant culture to maintain inequities and work intentionally to prepare white people to dismantle and eliminate this practice
      • Understand white privilege so as to avoid creating or perpetuating racial injustice
    • I want more information about the Decentering Whiteness Affinity Group

I want more information about starting a new Affinity Group.

Affinity Group Process:

1. Identify the leader or co-leaders of the group, along with the contact information for those who may want to join the affinity group.
2. Define the mission and purpose of the group, based on the College’s mission, vision and values as described in the Strategic Plan and the Campus Civility Statement.
3. Write the responses to #1 & #2 above, and send that information to HR.
4. HR will review the information, ask for clarification as needed, and then submit it to the President.
5. The President will review and approve all affinity groups.
6. Once your group has approval of the College, the group begins. 

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