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Employee Affinity Groups

Employee Affinity Groups (EAGs) are employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities, and common bonds. Through participation in EAGs, 自慰视频 staff and faculty help foster a positive work environment at the University by actively contributing to its mission, values, and efforts specific to diversity, inclusion, and campus engagement.听

EAGs are one example of a variety of 自慰视频-supported activities in which staff and faculty are encouraged to participate/engage in an effort to cultivate and foster an inclusive community. Engagement in these kinds of activities may provide long-term benefits for the University, professional and personal development for the participants, and contribute to a greater sense of belonging to the 自慰视频 University community, as well as employees鈥 ability to bring their authentic selves to work.


Guiding Principles

  • The primary goal of EAGs is to promote diversity, openness, understanding, and inclusiveness.
  • EAGs create a welcoming place for staff and faculty who share common interests to meet and support one another鈥檚 personal and professional perspectives with respect to particular affinity groups.
  • All EAGs are open to all employees.
  • Employee participation in EAGs is completely voluntary.
  • EAGs must adhere to 自慰视频 University’s policies and procedures.


EAGs help to create an inclusive workplace at 自慰视频 by:

  • Serving as a vehicle for leveraging the unique and common perspectives, functions, and approaches to work that exist throughout the University community
  • Contributing to an inclusive workplace by helping to attract and retain diverse candidates
  • Providing an informal welcome to new employees, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities for their members
  • Creating an open and welcoming space for staff who share common interests/concerns to meet and support one another
  • Providing a resource to 自慰视频 leadership regarding employee interests, needs, and policies


All participation in EAGs, both leadership and general events, is completely voluntary. EAG activities are considered 自慰视频 University Sponsored Activities within .听 Staff approved to attend EAG activities during their normal work day will be paid.听 Staff attending EAG activities outside of their normal work day will not be compensated.


Current EAGs on Campus

Association of 自慰视频 Black Faculty & Staff (AVBFS)

  • The Association of 自慰视频 Black Faculty and Staff (AVBFS) was created in July 2020 under the umbrella of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. The AVBFS has a three-fold mission: 1) to support and uplift Black faculty and staff, 2) to build and maintain a sense of community among Black faculty and staff, and 3) to advocate for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Black faculty and staff at 自慰视频.听 Membership is open to all faculty and staff in the 自慰视频 community who support the mission of AVBFS. The group hosts monthly general body meetings as well as other periodic programs to foster community, promote social and professional networking, offer professional development, and offer mentoring support for Black students, faculty, and staff.听 For more information or to join, please sign up or contact Rosevelt Noble.

Asian American Pacific Islander

  • The AAPI group is a space for individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to gather to address and share issues and concerns that impact the group, such as racism, immigration, mental health, and the like.听 It is a space to have their voices heard and to make the invisible visible while engaging in both social programming and community activism.听 For more information or to join, please sign up or contact Laura Mariko Cheifetz .

Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

  • This group is a place for employees who identify as having visible or invisible disabilities, chronic mental or physical health conditions, and their allies. 听The group gathers to address and discuss issues that impact the group, such as discrimination, misconceptions, mental health, navigating workplace interactions, and other relevant topics.听 The group aims to provide a safe and brave space for members to be heard while engaging in sharing of resources, social programming, and community activism through regular meetings.听 For more information or to join, please sign up or contact听Rachel Schles and Isabelle Crist.

Early Career Professionals

  • This group seeks to foster a sense of belonging at 自慰视频 and build strong cross-institutional relationships among staff within their first five years at 自慰视频 and/or in higher education. This group provides professional development and leadership opportunities, learning resources, social events, and ways to contribute to and explore the greater Nashville community. Our members are eager to share their experiences and dreams with each other and are excited to help fellow staff meet their goals and build relationships. For more information, please contact Jolie Grace Wareham.

Golden Dores (50+ age)

  • Golden Dores welcomes employees who are aged 50 years or older, as well as allies.听 The group hosts meetings covering topics such as Medicare/Social Security workshops, investing, eldercare, retirement and the like. They also host fun social and service-oriented events.听 For more information or to join, contact Machelle Keen or Valerie Lorusso.

Glammadores (LGBTQIA+)

  • This group is a place for employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group will host regular meetings aimed at providing resources for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies, including social networking, meetups, guest speakers, support navigating workplace interactions and more. For more information or to join, contact Derek Nido.听


  • 自慰视频鈥檚 Indigenous EAG is an inclusive employee community. Individuals that identify as indigenous or multiracial (and their allies) are welcome to engage. There is no single American Indian culture (there are currently 574 federally recognized tribes) and identity is a complex issue that should not be repressed by bureaucratic classifications. While history may be researched to disrupt monolithic perspectives, the focus of this EAG will be to appreciate opportunities or critique constraints to indigenous persons in all their diversity being visible in our community. Language is important for meaning-making and while American Indian, Native American, and Native are respectful terms of use in the United States, many tribal groups are known officially by names that include 鈥渘ation鈥 and each community may have a distinct preference and not agree on terminology. 鈥淚ndigenous鈥 is the word specifically selected by this group to encompass the Native lived experiences of persons throughout the Western Hemisphere. For more information or how to join, contact Kathleen Seabolt.


  • The mission of the International Employee Affinity Group is to offer a safe space and serve as a resource for international faculty and staff to enable them to transition to 自慰视频 and to Nashville at large and serve as an ongoing supportive community. The IEAG creates professional and social opportunities for international faculty and staff to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment in which they can thrive. For more information or to听join, please sign up or contact听Jennifer听Rauchand Mazalit听Haim.


  • As there is no singular way to identify or express Judaism, this group welcomes any 自慰视频 employees who identify themselves as Jewish in whatever way that means to them. It is also open to family, friends and allies of Jewish people. We offer programming aimed at creating belonging for the Jewish community, including meetups, social events, celebrating both Jewish holidays and cultural observances, and collective community action within the broader Nashville community. For more information or to join, please fill out our .


  • The serves to support faculty, staff and post-docs that identify as Latina, Latino, Latinx, Latine, and/or Hispanic. This group strives to provide resources as well as fellowship for those who have an ethnic and cultural connection to communities within Latin America. Engagement will hope to include academic-based discussions, social events, and activities for members as well as those who are allies to the Latinx community.听 For more information or to join, contact Maria Elena Ornelas,听Amanda Martinez-Lincoln, Antonella Valdivia, or Sara Burd.

Mid-Career Professionals

  • This group invites professionals who are seven to 15 years into their career. We offer opportunities to engage in professional development, networking and relationship building, and leadership, with goals of supporting participants in fostering belonging, individuality, and meaningful development.For more information or to join, please sign up or contact Krista Vaught or Patricia Parker

Military and Veterans

  • The Military and Veterans EAG is established to enrich the experience of 自慰视频鈥檚 Veteran population by supporting the unique needs of those who听have serve and their families.听 It helps expand Veteran networks through professional connections, strengthen comradeship through social interactions, foster a continuation of selfless service through community engagements, Teach, Coach & Mentor. For more information or to join, please sign up or contact Xavier Purdy听and听Lydell Francis.

Single Parents

  • The Single Parents group is a space to share ideas and resources, encourage, and grow community for those who are single and raising their children alone.听 The Single Parents have been meeting since March 2019 after connecting with the Women’s Center’s Parenting Group.听 They currently meet virtually on the third Thursday of the month.听 For more information or to join, contact Amanda King.

Women and Working Moms

  • The Women and Working Moms EAG was established in October 2022 with a mission to build a supportive and encouraging community where members can share resources and ideas, make connections across campus, and develop personally and professionally. The group seeks to serve the needs of parents and non-parents alike through social events, programs, and community outreach. For more information or to join please complete the survey or contact Lana Hefner, Mia Clermont, or Penny Baga.


Forming a New EAG

Human Resources opens a call for new EAGs in MyVU each summer.听 Submissions must include:

  • A designated leader or leaders who commit to an initial term of at least two years, as well as participation in the EAG Leadership Council, which will meet at least quarterly with HR and EDI leadership to identify opportunities, challenges, and ways to enhance the 自慰视频 community
  • Minimum membership of 10 individuals upon launch
  • A mission statement which must align with central 自慰视频鈥檚 mission and ongoing commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all
  • Completed


For more information, contact eag@vanderbilt.edu听or contact Joanna Echols.