U of M Affinity Groups

Affinity groups help make the University of Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to work and learn. Connect with the groups below to find out how you can join their mailing lists, learn about their upcoming events, programs, and meetings, and get involved. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) Staff & Faculty Association

The Asian American Pacific Islander Desi Faculty and Staff Association strives to support AAPID employees at the University of Minnesota by sustaining a visible and dynamic AAPID community, engaging in professional networking and leadership development, and promoting the overall retention and advancement of AAPID employees at the U of M.


American Indian Faculty & Staff Association

The purpose of the American Indian Faculty & Staff Association (AIFSA) is to create a space and opportunity for Indigenous faculty, staff, and graduate students at the University of Minnesota to connect with one another. All Indigenous faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcomed, including Native American, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, First Nation, Aboriginal, Maori, and other native peoples.

Contact: AIFSA@umn.edu Follow AIFSA on Facebook

Black Faculty & Staff Association

The mission of the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is to build and maintain a well-connected community of Black employees to increase their sense of belonging and affinity to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Learn more | Contactbfsa@umn.edu | Follow BFSA on Facebook 

Disabled Employees at the U

DEU is a newly established affinity group working to build an inclusive and accessible community to promote personal, professional, and educational development. 

Contact: deu@umn.edu

Latino/a/x Faculty & Staff Association

The Latino/a/x Faculty and Staff Association aims to provide opportunities for faculty, administrators, and staff to interact with each other and create community.

Contactlfsatc@umn.edu | Follow LFSA on Facebook

Pride at Work

Pride @ Work is the U of M’s affinity group for LGBTQIA employees. Housed in the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, Pride @ Work links together LGBTQIA employees at the U of M through monthly luncheons, critical coffee chats and/or after-work socials. Join this incredible group of LGBTQIA employees who link together across the University of Minnesota to engage in social and professional networking, creating campus-wide change, and discussing critical topics that impact LGBTQIA employees.  

Learn more  |  Join the Pride @ Work Listserv | Follow Pride @ Work on Facebook

U of M Indigenous Women & Women of Color

University Women of Color sponsors events and gatherings that create a space for all women of color and indigenous women within the University to feel valued, supported, respected, and connected.

Contact: uwoc@umn.edu

U of M Veteran and Military Affinity Group

The U of M Veteran and Military Affinity Group serves as a network of resources and shared experiences for staff and faculty veterans and active military service members, while providing opportunities to network and develop professionally and personally. VMAG plans to meet once a month in addition to hosting events.


U of M Alumni Association Affinity Networks

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association also offers Affinity Networks for alumni of the U of M. These networks actively engage alumni and friends through communities with an interest in the welfare of the University of Minnesota. You can connect with others through these networks to engage on campus and beyond. Learn more

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For more information, contact Virajita Singh, Associate Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity, at singh023@umn.edu.