Affinity Groups at Cary Academy
The Office of Diversity supports affinity groups for its students, parents and employees.
The term "affinity group" is used as a bringing together of people who have something important in common, e.g. race, gender, profession, or special interests.
Affinity groups allow for:
- building community
- identifying issues
- sharing successes
- promoting ideas for action
- preparing for deep and honest cross-cultural dialogue with other affinity groups
- providing opportunities for affirmation and celebr
The 2009 - 10 academic year marked the beginning of an upper school tradition called "One CA Week." Upper school affinity groups, through a consortium called COEXIST, planned a week's activities affirming our community values of respect, integrity and compassion. The week's events also included opportunities to learn more about affinity groups at CA.
Student Affinity Groups
- African American Affinity Group (Upper School and Middle School)
- Agnostic, Atheist, and Humanist Association (AHAA)
- Am Echad (Jewish Identity Group)
- Catholic Affinity Group
- Christian Fellowship Organization
- Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
- Indian Subcontinent Affinity Group (Upper School and Middle School)
- Middle Eastern Affinity Group
- Multiracial Affinity Group
Parent Affinity Groups
- EMBRACE Multiple Heritage Parent Affinity Group
- Indian Subcontinent Parent Affinity Group
- Parents of African American Students
- Parents of Students with Learning Differences
Employee Affinity Groups
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered (GLBT) and Allies
- People of Color
- Women Employees of Cary Academy Network (WECAN)
For More Information:
- Understanding Affinity: Benefits and Challenges for an Independent School Community is a presentation given by Gene Batiste, NAIS Vice President of Leadership Education and Diversity about the role of affinity groups in independent schools.
- Essential Support: Affinity Groups at Blake discusses affinity groups at an independent school in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.