Convening Affinity Groups
This past spring, Steven L. (Director of Equity & Inclusion) and Vanessa A. (HS Dean of Students) organized a series of affinity group meetings to help students process the national turmoil and protests that erupted in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In response to a strong desire to continue these conversations, both our student and faculty affinity groups are reconvening during the summer months.
At Burke, affinity groups strive to provide a safe space for individuals who share a common self-identity – race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, among others – to discuss thoughts, ideas, emotions, and experiences. Each affinity groups is facilitated by student leaders (selected annually by their peers) and advised by Faculty Mentors. Student participation in Burke’s affinity groups is entirely voluntary.
Affinity groups that are meeting virtually this summer include: