Today's Update: Tuesday, November 3

November 3, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, One of the most important ways we support our students with marginalized identities is to provide the opportunity to connect with each other. The Student Life Multicultural Center does an excellent job of this. 

Our Student Life team members have the same needs, and we are moving forward with a plan to meet those needs. As a part of the Student Life Commitment Action and Planning Team (CAPT) formed this summer, Student Life is launching staff affinity spaces and professional networks for staff with marginalized identities. These groups, which will have both virtual and, eventually, in person meetings, are designed to help foster community, networking and support within our Ohio State Student Life community. Affinity groups and professional networks are designed to further Student Life’s commitment to social justice and equity initiatives and to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for staff with marginalized identities. 

The list of affinity groups is still being developed, but some likely ones include:  

  • Black/African American   

  • Latinx  

  • Native American/Indigenous People of Color  

  • Asian Pacific Islander/Desi American (APIDA)  

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + (LGBTQ+)  

  • Dis/ability   


These are some of the traditional affinity groups, but we are certainly not limited to the ones on this list, nor do groups need to reflect only race, orientation or ability. We want to provide a space where people can connect with one another. Our team would love to hear from you with ideas on other affinity groups that we should form.  

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, have an idea for others and want to learn more information, go to go.osu.edu/SLAffinityGroups. There is no deadline for expressing interest in joining an affinity space.   

We are also looking for facilitators. Facilitators will offer space up 2-3 times a semester and have ongoing support from members of the CAPT. Interest forms are due by November 30.  If you have specific questions about being a facilitator do not hesitate to reach out to CAPT. 

It is critical to provide spaces for community for our team, and to recognize that those with marginalized identities have unique needs and experiences.  

This is a Scarlet and Great step as we promote a culture where all staff are included, valued and empowered to succeed. 

Melissa