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What Are Affinity Groups?

Affinity groups play an important role in building a more inclusive community by providing spaces to nurture positive identity development, empowerment, and belonging. Participants use these spaces to connect, discuss topics connected to their identities, plan cultural celebrations, share personal accomplishments, and support each other in addressing challenges their communities experience.

Active Affinity Groups

Group leaders: Shannon O'Brien & Leslie Brooks

The Antiracist Parent Education affinity group is open to Bertschi School parents and caregivers. Members endeavor to understand their own racial identity, expand their awareness of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, and encourage antiracism through empathy and action. Meetings will focus on discussions of topics relevant to the group.

Meeting dates: First meeting is Wednesday, September 14 from 8:30-9:30 AM on Zoom. We will organize and discuss involvement in upcoming events. Subsequent meetings are TBD (they will follow the DEI speaker series events that happen monthly and other Bertschi parent education events throughout the school year).

Group leaders: Danna Lamont (facilitator), Leslie Kanter (admin)

The A/AA/API affinity group purpose and mission is coming soon.

Our space is open to parents, children, faculty, staff who identify as Asian, Asian American, and Asian Pacific Islander, as well as parents who do not identify with the affinity group but have children who do identify with the affinity group.

Meeting dates: TBD

Group leaders: LaShondra Hayes, Tenik√° Versey Walker, and Ciera Young

The [email protected] affinity group purpose and mission is coming soon

Meeting dates: TBD

Group leader: Geraldine Rodriguez (interim - seeking new leaders!)

The Hispanic/Latinex affinity group purpose and mission is coming soon.

Meeting dates: TBD

Group leaders: Pueng Vongs & Robin Romanovich

The LGBTQIA+ affinity group is where gender diverse parents, children, faculty, and staff can connect and help organize social and educational events for the school. Our space is open to parents who do not identify with the affinity group but have children who do identify with the affinity group. Allies are welcome to attend the meetings designated specifically as open, and may be asked to volunteer when help is needed.

Meeting dates: TBD


Current community members interested in joining an affinity group should reach out to the leads listed under each group. To start a new affinity group, contact Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ciera Young.