Affinity Groups

The Student Center for Equity and Inclusion (SCEI) provides invaluable support and assistance to the growing number of diverse students at the University of Richmond. The SCEI seeks to develop a sense of community among our students and their allies and to celebrate the various heritages that make up the fabric of our unique community.

Our staff is available to meet on an individual basis with students to support their retention and overall well-being. These meetings typically focus on a student's academic performance and general adjustment to the campus community, as well as articulated special needs.

Over the years, our staff, alumni, and student leaders have initiated several support groups which serve as venues for reflection, personal growth, and validation. These groups often become valuable networks that help strudents rely upon and uphold one another:

Expand All
  • A Bite of Chisme
    "A Bite of Chisme" is a monthly community meet-up, co-hosted by Solidarity Organization for Latinx Students (SOLS), for Latinx students and their allies.
  • Ace/Aro+ Space

     

    This group is for students who identify as or are questioning being on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums. We hope to provide a casual place for our community to connect, to support one another, and to talk about our successes, difficulties, joys, and struggles as Ace and Aro people. If you are interested in this affinity group, please register contact Casey Butler.

     

  • ASIA: Asian Sisters In Alliance

    A leadership and mentoring group for Asian and AAPI women students. This group will serve as a community for students to discuss how racism, xenophobia, and sexism affect the lives of women of Asian descent on the UR campus and in the United States, more broadly. Its purpose is to provide a safe space for students to talk about identity, discrimination, and gendered racism so that they may navigate campus race relations and advocate for themselves and their peers in productive ways.

     For meeting information please contact Dani Dho-Roberts

  • Bi/Pan+ Social Support Group

    This group is for students who experience sexual and/or romantic attraction to more than one gender. This includes, but is not limited to, people who identify as bisexual/romantic, pansexual/romantic, sexually/romantically fluid, omnisexual/romantic, and polysexual/romantic. We are passionate about creating a space for bi/pan+ students to be their authentic selves, find and provide support, share resources, and build community. If you are interested in this affinity group, please register contact Casey Butler.

  • Black Women’s Affinity Group

    The Black Women’s Affinity Group meets regularly to engage in conversations about topics that affect them academically, emotionally, and socially. The discussion topics are student-selected and often student-led. Past topics have included discussions regarding self-esteem, self-awareness, conflict resolution, family relations, and dating relationships. Through the group, participants collectively become important sources of affirmation and support for one another, particularly during times of difficulty.

    Please contact Dr. Morgan Russell-Stokes for more information about joining. 

  • CafĂ© con Leche

    Café con Leche is a dialogue series for Latinx students, faculty, and staff to discuss Latinx identity, cultures, and socio-political happenings. This space allows community members to relate, celebrate, and come together to explore the diverse aspects of the Latinx experience. If you have questions, please reach out to Dafne Luna, Assistant Director for Latinx Student Support. Coffee and pan dulce provided!

    Fall Dates:

    "Reclaiming La Virgen de Guadalupe: A Discussion on Unpacking the Different Meanings of Lupe"
    Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Brown Alley Room in Weinstein Hall


    "Latinx? Latine? Hispanic? Latina/o/@?: Exploring Categorization and Self-Identification"
    Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Westhampton Living Room

    "Expectations from Home: A Discussion on Familia, Expectations, and Navigating the Self"
    Tuesday, November 16, 2023 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Jepson Hall Faculty Lounge 127

     

    Spring Dates:
    Check back in November for dates!
  • Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope is an affinity group created to provide support and community for students who identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming. Please contact Casey Butler (they/them) at cbutler2@richmond.edu or at 804-484-1653 for more info.

  • Men/Masculinities of Color Group

    The Men/Masculinities of Color Group is open to all students of color that identify as male or those with masculine gender expression. The purpose of this group is to create space for men of color to have dialogue and social opportunities to bond and build community. Periodically this group will be open to faculty and staff men of color as well to encourage networking and mentor relationships.

    For more information please contact Dani Dho Roberts.

  • Shades of Pride
    Shades of Pride is an affinity group founded to empower LGBTQ+ students of color.  Shades of Pride provides space for students to share their experiences in navigating the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Please contact Jaide Hinds-Clarke at jaide.hindsclarke@richmond.edu for more info.