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UCI Diversity Affinity Groups

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Faculty and staff diversity affinity groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring.  Diversity affinity groups also offer the UCI community at large an opportunity to consult with group members as an information resource.

The following is a list of faculty and staff diversity affinity groups at UCI:

    • Native American Faculty and Staff Association
      Contact: Kathleen Johnson; Franklin Dollar
      Mission: To build a community of Native American/Indigenous faculty and staff that can serve as a resource to Native students at UCI, provide guidance to administration on academic and cultural issues relevant to the Native community, and help facilitate strong relationships with local Tribal communities.
    • Staff and Faculty Pride Collective (formerly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff and Faculty Network) 
      Contact: Deejay Brown
      Mission: To address LGBT concerns on campus and to organize activities to meet the needs of UCI’s LGBT faculty and staff. 
    • Faculty and Staff Veterans Association
      Contact: Tomas Figueroa; Donald Blake
      Mission:
      The Faculty and Staff Veterans Association is a diverse organization composed of faculty and staff military veterans and veteran supporters with a shared mission to dedicate their strengths to the enhancement of the UCI community and create a network of UCI employees dedicated to professional development, retention, and recruitment of our veteran population.
    • Academic & Professional Women of UC Irvine 
      Contact: Tanya Zabalegui; Alyssa Sanchez

      Mission: To develop awareness by faculty, staff and other campus constituencies of the contributions of women to the mission of UCI; To provide activities and to support other campus constituencies that contribute to the advancement of women at UCI; To serve as a networking and communications channel among women employees at UCI; To serve as an enabling body for women to input collectively to the decision-making process on campus and community issues affecting women at UCI.
    • Women in Technology at UCI (WiT@UCI)
      Contact: Shohreh Bozorgmehri
      Mission: 
      To create a supportive community that recognizes and brings awareness to gender imbalances surrounding women with careers in technology, and to develop innovative approaches and solutions by connecting, empowering, and developing women together. Open to faculty, students, and staff. All individuals are welcomed. 

Faculty and staff interested in joining any of the groups above are encouraged to email the contact(s) for the organization directly. Faculty and staff interested in forming a new diversity affinity group are encouraged to email Gwendolyn Black or call (949) 824-5594.  All UCI employees who want to learn about events and opportunities for all of the diversity affinity groups may subscribe to the Diversity-Affinity-Groups mail list.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is available to support faculty and staff diversity affinity groups* that are registered as campus organizations at UCI. Diversity affinity groups are independent campus organizations that may or may not choose to affiliate with OEOD. Faculty and staff diversity affinity groups are eligible for limited administrative and financial support, including listing on the OEOD website.


* Students interested in joining or forming a diversity-related student affinity group are encouraged to contact Campus Organizations by email or (949) 824-5181.