Affinity Groups

Diablo Valley College recognizes that to accomplish our goals of a diverse and inclusive workforce we must provide support for employees around areas of their identity that might be underrepresented. Affinity Groups are defined as groups who share a common interest or purpose and work to create an inclusive environment where all feel respected, seen, and empowered to succeed.

Affinity Groups are voluntary associations for Diablo Valley College employees who gather together around a common interest. Affinity Groups provide opportunities for employees to engage socially, culturally, and intellectually across college constituencies and positions. These groups play a vital role in employee morale and creating a campus climate that welcomes diversity and inclusiveness through collaboration and understanding. All Affinity Groups must operate within district and college policies and support the mission, Educational Master Plan, and vision of the college. Per state restrictions, Affinity Groups may not have religious, political, commercial, or other outside agency interests as their focus for the use of public monies.

Outcomes of Forming an Affinity Group

The college President will meet at least once a year with recognized Affinity Groups to discuss the campus climate and recommendations for improvement. Once an Affinity Group has been established, they are eligible to participate in the college’s Program Review and Resource Allocation Process. A description of and timelines for the Program Review and Resource Allocation Process are detailed in Procedure 1016.01.

Process of Forming an Affinity Group

  1. Identify a leader or co-leaders of the group and contact information for those wanting to join the group
  2. Define the mission and purpose of the group based on the college’s Educational Master Plan and the College’s mission and values
  3. Send the information regarding leadership, contact information, and mission and purpose to the co-chairs of the College Council for placement on the College Council agenda
  4. The College Council will make a recommendation based on the above criteria to the President.
  5. If the President approves of the Affinity Group formation, the group will be posted and maintained on the college website contingent on yearly updates. If the President does not approve the Affinity Group, the President will provide a response for the reason to the College Council.

Current Affinity Groups