Affinity Groups

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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 First-Generation faculty members 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 doctoral and MFA students from historically underserved groups. 


    AAPI—Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander Faculty 

    Many AAPI faculty members have experienced racial discrimination or profiling that have affected their personal life or career development. The wave of “Asian Hate” during the COVID-19 pandemic is of great concern to the AAPI community. The mission of the AAPI Affinity Group is to provide a forum for discussing work and life experiences that affect AAPI faculty. 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 2021-2022 Meetings




    Online Only Oct. 14, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Nov. 17, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Feb. 4, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Mar. 22, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Face to face Apr. 14, noon No registration required!

    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 2021-2022 Meetings




    Online Only Sept. 16, from noon-1:00pm  
    Online Only Oct. 18, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Nov. 15, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Feb. 10, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Mar. 23, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only Apr. 19, from noon-1:00pm Register!

    1st Gen—First Generation Faculty

    First-generation faculty face unique challenges in adapting to their roles in higher education and are critically important in advancing the success of Mason’s robust first-generation student community. The mission of the First-Generation Affinity Group is to bring together Mason faculty who actively seek avenues to support each other’s professional development and advancement while best meeting our first-generation students’ specific needs. One of our goals is to build a network of support across campus and provide spaces for scholarly discussion, information sharing, community-building, and program development.  

    AY 2021-2022 Meetings




    Online Only October 27, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only December 1, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only February 7, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Online Only March 8, from noon-1:00pm Register!
    Face-to-face Brownbag Lunch April 7, from noon-1:00pm No registration required!

    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.*

    AY 2021-2022 Meetings

    Session Topic



    Succeeding Against All Odds September 30, from 3:00-4:15pm  
    Building a Community of Support: Peer and Faculty Mentors October 26, from 3:00-4:15pm Register!
    The Art of Saying No November 18, from 3:00-4:00pm Register!

    Destination Success: Not All PhD Journeys Look Alike:

    Depending on how the numbers are calculated, PhD graduates have, on average, between 10 and 30% chances of finding a permanent (tenure track) job in academia. The odds for students of color are probably lower since some studies indicate that they are more likely to be hired in contract or adjunct positions than on tenure track positions. In this conversation with historically underserved doctoral students, Dr. Maria Uriyo will share her journey post-PhD. Her message: There are many ways to succeed professionally post-PhD.

    February 14, from 2:45-4:00pm Register!

    *This list is not exhaustive. If you face or have experienced marginalization, this group welcomes you!

    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.