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Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups

The University of Illinois faculty/staff affinity groups strive to connect faculty and staff from across campus to build community, discuss current issues, and help improve our campus climate.

Current Groups

Black Faculty and Academic Professional Alliance (BFAPA)

The mission of the Black Faculty and Academic Professional Alliance is to serve as advocates for equitable and accessible opportunities, programs, services, and governance for Black faculty, academic professionals, and students through connections with administration, internal and external partnerships, social networks, and by leveraging both financial and human capital resources to effect change. This group meets monthly and hosts several events on campus each year that range from social gatherings to professional and career symposiums.

Learn more about how to get involved on the BFAPA website.

Executive Women’s Conversation Group

The Executive Women’s Conversation Group is a group of faculty and academic professional women in senior leadership roles who meet monthly during the school year to discuss matters of interest to the group. Topics include leadership styles, work-life balance, and community engagement. The Executive Women also supports the Emerging Women Leaders Group. On-going efforts to support women include the Executive Women Leaders Conversation Group that began in 2008 and consists of about 50 women who serve in Administration, Deans, Directors and Department Heads.

Latina/o Faculty, Academic Professional, and Staff Alliance (LFASA)

The Latina/o Faculty, Academic Professional, and Staff Alliance (LFASA) was created in the fall of 2011. The goal of the organization is to come together to support each other and to develop collective and cohesive efforts towards addressing the ongoing challenges that Latina/o students, Academic Professionals, and faculty experience on campus.


Out@Illinois is an emerging group that is carefully organizing through the efforts of the Chancellor’s Committee On Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE). This group is comprised of faculty, academic professionals, and graduate students who meet monthly during the academic year to build community, discuss topical issues that affect the LGBT community, and offer recommendations on LGBTQ concerns to help improve the campus climate.