Affinity Groups

The purpose of Affinity Groups is to provide forums for our diverse population of SU faculty and staff to gather socially and share ideas and similar interests outside of their particular departments.

Affinity Groups are voluntary, employee-initiated groups of SU faculty and staff that share common interests, issues, backgrounds, characteristics or pursuits. In addition to racial, ethnic-background and gender-based affinity groups, other affinity groups are formed to bring together employees based on country of origin, religion, physical disabilities, military service, age, sexual orientation and many other parameters.

Sometimes the University campus can seem so large that people feel disconnected. Affinity Groups enhance feelings of connectedness and provide opportunities for employees to seek and offer support to one another. Syracuse University realizes the importance of providing a supportive work environment for its faculty and staff and recognizes that these groups complement its strategic recruiting and retention efforts.

Forming an Affinity Group

As part of SU’s commitment to a respectful workplace, HR assists in forming and furthering the efforts of Affinity Groups.

Recognized Affinity Groups should have a purpose that does one or more of the following:

  • Supports diversity and inclusiveness at the University
  • Enhances the workplace
  • Strengthens the University community
  • Supports personal and professional development

To become a recognized Affinity Group, a proposal outlining the purpose, proposed activities, and criteria for membership must be submitted to Human Resources, which will determine if it aligns with Affinity Group principles and can assist the group to get started.

Current Affinity Groups and Contact Information

New members for existing groups are welcome to join at any time, although some groups may be limited due to space or other constraints.

  • Community Service
    Cora Thomascathomas@syr.edu or 315-443-4021
    Linda Flynnlpflynn@syr.edu or 315-443-9898Committed to making a difference in our community through service.
  • Faculty and Staff of Color Connection group (FSCC)
    Noura Allen – noallen@syr.eduTo welcome and connect with other colleagues of color across the university.
  • Family Caregivers
    Candi Pattersoncpaterso@maxwell.syr.edu or 315-443-9443Promotes awareness about the realities of caregiving for the elderly and provides assistance, education, and support for informal family caregivers.
  • Orange Asian Pacific Americans (APA)
    Huey Hsiaohuhsiao@syr.edu or 315-443-3006
    Amy Horanakhoran@syr.edu or 315-443-3867The Orange APA foster a climate of diversity, encourage an inclusive and supportive environment, maximize academic and professional growth and build personal and professional relationships with APA faculty, staff and students. Affinity group members will serve as mentors, role models, and advocates for APA students.
  • Outdoor Adventurers
    Ryan Beaufordrlbeaufo@syr.eduEnjoy recreational outdoor activities for all four seasons. Fishing, white water rafting, hiking and rock climbing are just a few of the activities this group may plan.
  • Syracuse University Women of Color (SUWOC)
    Jossette Burgosjaotero1@syr.edu or 315-443-9676
    Marissa Willinghammlwill07@syr.edu or 315-443-9676Build community, establish mentoring relationships, provide networking opportunities, and create connections to help eliminate isolation and increase support.
  • Young Professionals Affinity Group (YPAG)
    Katie Frontinokfrontin@syr.edu or 315-443-8791Connects faculty and staff in their 20s and 30s across departments at Syracuse University.

Disclaimer: Some affinity groups maintain websites. All statements, opinions, and views contained throughout those websites do not represent the opinions, views or positions of Syracuse University and may not be attributed to the University for any purpose. Syracuse University disclaims any and all liability resulting from the content contained therein. Links provided within these sites, both internal (for navigating within the sites) and external (to other Internet sites) are for the convenience of the users and Syracuse University is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does the University endorse, warrant, or guarantee the information, opinions, products, or services described or offered at any of these websites.

Questions? Interested in forming a new Affinity Group? E-mail Human Resources at learn@syr.edu.