Affinity Groups

FIU’s affinity groups demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity and belonging. Employee-initiated affinity groups provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to share interests and experiences with others. All affinity groups are formed and operated by employees on a voluntary basis. Affinity groups offer opportunities for employees to connect on a meaningful level beyond the traditional and/or organizational structure. For questions or more information on affinity groups, email diversity@fiu.edu.

Starting a new affinity group

Faculty and staff can submit the Affinity Group Proposal Form to propose a new affinity group. To be recognized as an affinity group by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion the group must have the following:

  • One lead; one co-lead
  • Must have at least 5 total members
  • Defined purpose and goals
  • Leadership roles, responsibilities, and terms of office
  • Membership Information
  • Programs, initiatives, and activities
  • Process of financial reporting (if dues will be collected).
Proposed groups

If you are interested in creating or being part of a new group, please sign up using this form. Once 5 individuals are interested, the group may be formalized.

 

Funding

Affinity Groups may be eligible for financial support from the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for efforts that are aligned with FIU’s mission and the DEI institutional goals. Each affinity group must complete a funds request form describing how the funds will be used for programs that are considered educational and are of benefit the University. Requests for social activities and/or food beverages will not be approved.

Process for Approval

Funds requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. The requests will be reviewed by the DEI Council and recommended to the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for final approval. Please allow 14 days to receive a final determination on funding request submissions. All approved programs/initiatives that receive funding must provide a post-evaluation of the event and be submitted to the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within three (3) business days of the event.

Affinity groups 101

Review the Affinity Groups 101 one-pager for an overview of starting and maintaining an affinity group.