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Affinity Groups

An Affinity Group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest.  Affinity Groups play a vital role in insuring an inclusive environment where all are valued, included, and empowered to succeed.  They can provide a collective voice for faculty and staff with common interests.


Affinity Groups at UK


Build and Create a Sense of Community

  • Develop a community and support network that nurtures faculty and staff as a visible and vibrant part of the UK environment and leadership
  • Provide professional and personal support to faculty and staff
  • Give voice to the concerns of faculty and staff on campus
  • Help to maintain a positive work environment for faculty and staff


Advocate for, and Support the Recruitment, Retention
and Advancement of Faculty and Staff

  • Support the growth and professional development of faculty and staff
  • Work with UK administration on issues relating to faculty and staff recruitment, retention and advancement
  • Assist UK in the area of recruiting, engaging and retaining employees
  • Promote and celebrate UK faculty and staff contributions and achievements
  • Provide mentoring to faculty and staff


Advocate for, and Support the Recruitment, Retention and Graduation of Students

  • Support the UK’s initiative for the recruitment and retention of students
  • Promote and celebrate UK student contributions and achievements
  • Support and mentor cultural organizations


Network and Collaborate

  • Network and collaborate with other Faculty and staff affinity groups in Kentucky
  • Support campus community engagement by developing and strengthening collaborative relationships with the community
  • Provide opportunities for social and professional networking between faculty, staff, students, and establishments in Kentucky.