Affinity Group Program

To enhance and sustain a diverse and inclusive community culture, the Office of the Provost supports faculty and staff affinity groups that bring together individuals with similar backgrounds, identities and/or interests. Applications are open every Spring semester for funding to support activities such as tickets to movies or Clowes events for group members, coffee for informal and formal dialogue sessions, and participation in cultural festivals. Such communities should be created with the aim to enhance a sense of belonging for faculty and staff with underrepresented identities and backgrounds at Butler University, increase community participation of faculty and staff with similar backgrounds and interests, and enhance interactional diversity by encouraging inter-community events focused on common interests, educational outreach or productive dialogue. Activities that support the onboarding experiences of new staff and faculty colleagues, are accessible, and encompass remote-inclusive activities (i.e. those that do not require in-person attendance), are strongly encouraged.