The University of Rochester has the following Affinity and Networking Groups:
- Latino Professional Alliance at UR (LPA)
- Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA)
- Pride Alliance at UR
- Sankofa (formally the African American Network)
- South Asian Professional Networking Association (SAPNA)
- Veterans Alliance @ UR
- Young Leaders @ UR
Affinity and Networking Groups are voluntary associations of people who have common interests. Affinity and Networking Groups are open to all University of Rochester employees (staff and faculty) and retirees. Such groups provide opportunities for employees to directly contribute to the University of Rochester’s efforts to effectively support and manage diversity and inclusion. These groups serve as a resource to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities as well as opening additional communication lines between individuals, the greater Rochester community, and University management.
Affinity and Networking Groups do not represent individuals or groups in their relationship with the institution. Individual concerns about specific issues (including wages, hours, and conditions of employment) are addressed through formal communications processes available to staff and faculty. Employees will not be advantaged or disadvantaged in their relationship with the University because of their choice to participate or not participate in an Affinity or Networking Group.
These Affinity and Networking Groups are an example of how the University is continuing its historical focus on cultural diversity, aimed primarily at including a larger number of diverse individuals among our institutional work force. The University is now moving toward a more contemporary focus on multiculturalism and inclusivity, aimed at enjoying and celebrating the many unrecognized contributions of diverse faculty and staff to the University environment.
Each Affinity and Networking Groups is also linked to an executive champion. To learn more about the Executive Champions please click here.
Please feel welcome to become a member of one of these exciting groups. To find out more about an Affinity or Networking Group, please contact Stanley Byrd email@example.com or (585) 275-0425.