Affinity Groups

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Contact Faculty Affairs with questions about the Affinity Groups

About Faculty Affinity Groups

As part of Mason's commitment to inclusive excellence, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development supports faculty and doctoral students’ affinity groups. These groups provide our diverse faculty and doctoral students with a sense of community, inclusion and belonging. The groups also serve as safe spaces for discussion of issues that impact the success and well-being of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Multiracial, Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islanders , and historically underserved doctoral students. Finally, the affinity groups facilitate connections and professional partnerships and champion strategic efforts to support the success of their members. The faculty affinity groups are open to all instructional/research faculty—tenured, tenure-track, term, and adjuncts. The doctoral students’ affinity group is open to all doctoral and MFA students.

For more information about any of the affinity groups, contact Dr. Milagros (Millie) Rivera, Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, and well-being.


    AAPI—Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Faculty 

    Many AAPI faculty members and staff have experienced some form of discrimination or racial profiling that affected their personal life or career development. The wave of “Asian Hate” that surged during the COVID-19 pandemic is of great concern to the AAPI community. The mission of the AAPI Affinity Group is two-fold: (1) to provide a safe forum for discussing work and life experiences that affect AAPI faculty and staff; and (2) to celebrate diversity at Mason. We strive to build a supportive community that will improve quality of life and work experiences at Mason. We are dedicated to embracing diversity, overcoming racism, and raising cultural awareness within the University.  

    AY 2022-2023 Meetings

    Bring your own lunch!





    In person  Sept 15, from noon-1:00pm  Johnson Center, room B  
    Online Oct 19, from noon-1:00pm Zoom Register
    Online Nov. 15, noon-1:00pm Zoom Register

    BLIM—Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Multiracial Faculty

    Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Multiracial faculty regularly contend with systems rooted on racist policies and practices, which hinder their advancement, place undue burdens on them, and leave them operating in inequitable spaces. The mission of the BLIM group is to promote a sense of community among its members, improve their quality of life, and offer an atmosphere of cultural and social networking among its members. The group also seeks to share best practices to support the advancement and retention of faculty from historically marginalized groups, create a stronger collective voice to challenge racist and exclusionary practices, and provide safe spaces for rest and rejuvenation.   

    AY 2022-2023 Meetings




    Online Only Tues, 6 Sep from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Wed, 5 Oct, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Fri,11 Nov from noon-1:00pm Register!

    HUDS—Historically Underserved Doctoral Students

    HUDS provides a welcoming and safe space for students who don’t always feel reflected or supported on campus or have faced or experienced social, economic, and historical challenges. The mission of the group is to bring doctoral and MFA students together and promote a sense of community through resource and information sharing and access to mentorship and networks that positively impact educational and career outcomes. The group also serves to increase access to critical services based on unique identities or specific needs. Finally, the HUDS Affinity Group names and addresses systemic issues that hinder the likelihood of educational success of Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous, Biracial, Multiracial, Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, African students as well as working students with families, military and veteran students, and first-generation students. This list is not exhaustive. If you face or have experienced marginalization, this group welcomes you! 

    AY 2022-2023 Meetings

    Session Topic



    Finding Your Home at Mason:

    Join us for this first gathering of HUDS (Historically Underserved Doctoral Students) to kick off the new academic year with a community of support! Dr. Julie Choe KimDirector of Graduate Student Lifewill lead a conversation about connecting and checking in with one another in graduate school and how to find your home at Mason.


    Sep 19

    2:45PM – 4PM EDT 


    Connecting and thriving in the academy

    Learning how to develop a network of peer academics from your discipline is an important skill for doctoral students and new faculty. In this conversation, Dr. Aurora Chang—Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and a coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity—will lead a conversation about the importance of relationship building and networking in academic spaces.


    Oct 17

    2:45PM – 4PM EDT


    Be Well: Radical Care in Graduate School

    In this conversation, Dr. Shekila Melchior—Assistant Professor and Director of the College of Education and Human Development’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion—will explore the importance of well-being through a liberation lens that fosters agency for self and balance during your time as a doctoral student. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in rich dialogue around radical care.


    Nov 10

    2:45PM – 4PM EST 


    LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance

    The mission of the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance is to support the University’s mission and vision through the promotion of an inclusive and affirming campus climate for all faculty, staff, and students. Membership in the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance shall be open to all faculty and staff currently employed at George Mason University on a part-time or full-time basis, including graduate assistants.

    Please visit the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance webpage to learn more and become a member.

    Black Male Faculty and Staff Group

    The mission of the Black Male Faculty and Staff group is to promote a sense of community among its members, improve their quality of life, and offer an atmosphere of cultural and social networking. This group seeks to share resources/information, and build relationships in a space that is safe, vulnerable, and accessible. Join our meetings on a monthly basis for meaningful conversation and support, as well as occasional in-person activities. For the meeting schedule, to be included on the listserv and the Microsoft Teams Group, or if you have any questions, please contact Philip Wilkerson at