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:

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  • Platicas: Latinx Community Discussion Series

    Platicas are a discussion series for Latinx students and their allies to engage in topics about Latinx identity, cultures, and socio-political happenings. This space is an opportunity for community members to relate, celebrate, and congregate together while learning about the diverse aspects of Latinx experience. If you have questions, please reach out to Dafne Luna, Assistant Director for Latinx Student support.

     

    Fall Dates:

    Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

    Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

  • Women of Color Group

    The Student Center for Equity and Inclusion facilitates several Women’s Groups where students meet regularly to engage in conversations about topics that affect them academically, emotionally, and spiritually. 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 Tina Cade for more information about joining and meeting dates.

  • Asian Womens’ Leadership Group

    Coming in AY2021-22, 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.

     The first meeting will take place in the Brown Alley Room at 6:00pm.

     For meeting information please contact Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater or Dr. Tze Loo

  • 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.

  • 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.