Affinity Groups Coming to St. Anne's

Amy Shepherd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

What groups have our students requested?

All members of our community are welcome to consider hosting an affinity group

Welcome back to school from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee! We are very excited to continue our work with students and families. Through our formal diversity and inclusion training, we have learned that the development of a healthy self-concept leads to social psychological outcomes such as positive self-esteem and a strong academic self-concept. One of the ways we plan to foster this development is through affinity groups.

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) states that affinity group sessions provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring one’s life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific identity group. Last year, our middle school students made a list of all of the affinity groups that they wished we could have. The list included groups for students of color, Muslim students, boys, girls, adopted students, and students of divorced parents. We are eager to meet the students’ needs and would like to open up the opportunity to serve to our parent community.

If you can relate to one of the above identity groups and you are able to speak from the “I” perspective, (for example, I am adopted), and would be interested in leading an affinity group for our middle school students, please contact the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Amy Shepherd at or call extension 317. Thank you for supporting our mission and we look forward to partnering with you this school year.