Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Affinity Groups

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The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to diversity and inclusion as guiding principles. One key way is by supporting affinity groups on campus with the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity acting as a liaison to Academic Affairs, providing access to modest funds, and offering logistical support or strategic guidance as feasible or desired.

Affinity groups can play an important role in fostering an inclusive campus environment, including contributing to efforts to:

  • foster inclusion and community through a support network of mentors, allies, and peers;
  • educate the broader campus community on a minority group’s perspectives and concerns; and
  • recruit and retain members of minority groups and their allies;
  • advocate for policies and programs to meet the needs of members of nondominant groups.

Each affinity group determines its own scope and priorities. Generally, a group should be:

  • as open as possible to all Loyola employees (faculty, staff, and administrators) around the affinity topic or identity;
  • have a clear sense of purpose, including a mission statement that contributes to the larger university’s mission and core values;
  • have a public presence, such as a website;
  • and its meetings should be open.

Affinity groups are not part of the formal governance structure (i.e., not a committee), but rather are sites of community engagement and formation. Current recognized affinity groups are below, with links to their own websites. If you are interested in starting an affinity group, please contact Brian Norman to discuss the needs, viability, potential scope, and next steps.

Black Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association (BFASA)

Dating back to at least to the early 1990s, BFASA is Loyola’s oldest formal affinity group. BFASA seeks to make a positive impact on the Loyola community by assisting the University with employee recruitment, employee retention, diversity education, student recruitment, retention, and mentoring. BFASA also often coordinates with ALANA Services and the Black Students Association. In recent years, BFASA has sponsored a hats-and-gloves drive for local school children and hosts an annual luncheon. More information.


Started in 2004, OUTLoyola is a group of faculty, staff, and administrators of all backgrounds who are interested in promoting equality for the LGBT members of the campus community and informed dialogue about LGBT issues at Loyola. OUTLoyola also often coordinates with Spectrum, Loyola’s LGBTQIA student organization. In recent years, OUTLoyola has hosted social gatherings, sponsored speakers on LGBT issues, and played advisory roles on such initiatives as benefits for legally domiciled adults. OUTLoyola also developed and offers Safe Zone training. More information.
Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone at Loyola University Maryland fosters a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) members of the University community and their allies. Organized by OUTLoyola, the training includes three sequential modules and is offered once or more per semester. Some offices require the first training module for diversity awareness. Those who opt to complete the full training can formally identify as Safe Zone resources to members of the Loyola community. More information and schedule.