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Affinity Groups

A Community of Inclusion

UHart’s affinity groups are part of the University's strategic efforts to ensure an inclusive environment where employees experience a greater sense of belonging and engagement, and where all are empowered to succeed. Affinity groups are voluntary associations composed of faculty and staff and are formed around shared identities, purposes, and common interests. These can include race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, etc. Each affinity group determines its own scope and priorities with a primary focus to develop and improve the campus climate by increasing the presence of diverse faculty and staff.  In short, affinity groups benefit the entire university. 

Objectives of UHart’s Affinity Groups:
  • Campus engagement: foster professional development, social networking, and peer mentorship

  • Support the recruiting and retaining of a diverse talent: recruit, hire, and retain skilled staff, faculty, and administrators that reflect the diversity of the students that we serve

  • Advocacy: advocate for policies and programs to meet the needs of members of underrepresented groups, address campus leadership regarding common concerns with a collective voice

  • Educate: broaden cultural awareness on campus

  • Celebrate: spotlight the achievements and accomplishments of staff and faculty

All staff and faculty are invited to join today!

UHart's Sanctioned Affinity Groups

Marcus Thomas, Associate Professor, The Hartt School

Calida Jones, Assistant Director, Education and Engagement

Mark Snyder, Associate Professor, Hartford Art School

Bettina Viereck, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Ben Ide, Head of Resource and Metadata Services, Libraries

Dave Stender, Director Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Division of Student Success

Yingcui Li, Associate Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Sundeep Muppidi, Professor of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

Diane Verrochi, Assistant Professor of Nursing, College of Education, Nursing
and Health Professions

Ben Ide, Head of Resource and Metadata Services, Libraries

Affinity Groups in the news

Insight into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication and job board in higher education today, named the University of Hartford I-SEE Affinity Group a recipient of a 2020 the inaugural INSIGHT into Diversity Inspiring Affinity Group Awards. The 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group award recipients were profiled in the July/August issue of Insight into Diversity magazine.

Starting a New Group

We encourage the formation of new affinity organizations and would like to support any employees interested in starting one. Please contact Christine Grant at 860-768-4220 or cgrant@hartford.edu for more information.