Affinity groups bring together employees with similar backgrounds or interests. They are not part of the formal governance structure. Instead, they are formed by employees based on a shared identity or common goal. They help to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support as well as represent the needs and concerns of group members. The Division of DEI supports the following affinity groups committed to fostering an inclusive campus culture.
African Diaspora Council
The African Diaspora Council at UWM is an employee resource group that acts as an informational hub for its diaspora faculty, staff, and students. ADC’s mission is to promote and enhance a sense of community and equity on campus, develop professional and educational opportunities and provide forums for discussion of issues, ideas, and actions.
Asian Faculty and Staff Association
AFSA seeks to advance the scholastic and civic interests of its members by providing opportunities to work collaboratively across disciplines to plan and conduct research; promote partnerships with community-based organizations for research and evaluation activities; serve as a consultant to the UWM community on academic, sociocultural, climate, and faculty/staff/student issues; encourage and reward the scholastic achievement and community participation of UWM Asian and Asian American students; and network and socialize.
Latino Faculty and Staff Association
The Latino Faculty and Staff community at UWM seeks to identify, inform, and strengthen its membership by convening, building community and networking at least 3-4 times a year; creating opportunities for collaboration, grant writing, sharing ideas and discussing challenges impacting students, faculty and staff; informing and reporting on enrollment, retention best practices, and opportunities to further support the goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution; and supporting and socializing with each other.