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The district offers a variety of activities on campus to support individual and personal growth with purposeful life-long learning, awareness, and hands-on engagement. Faculty, staff and administrators are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Affinity Group(s) below, or be part of the creation of a new affinity interest.

The Affinity Groups invite you to join other MCC community members to The Howling Place! It is a weekly virtual meeting to bring employees together to support social distancing, and support collegiality within the community. Everyone is welcome to "howl" with us! Download flyer for more details.

African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA)

AAFSA is one of the affinity groups within MCC, and is comprised of employees from every campus, the Administrative Center, and Broadway Plaza. AAFSA was organized in response to an appeal from the community over 10 years ago. Community stakeholders expressed concern that MCC-Penn Valley's administration, staff, and faculty did not adequately reflect the diversity found in its surrounding community, particularly with respect to African Americans. Dr. Karen Curls, Lyle Gibson and others took up the charge to establish an organization that would work within MCC to address the community's concerns, and create an internal system of support and advocacy for MCC's minority populations.

AAFSA's mission is to provide information, support, resources and advocacy for African American faculty, staff and students. The Association has organized to initiate inquiries and provide recommendations to the College community regarding ethnic and African American issues on the campuses of Metropolitan Community College. The organization attends to academic, administrative, and social issues that impact the ethnic/multi-ethnic climate of the College. Our goals are to (1) articulate educational problems, needs, and other issues related to minorities at the Metropolitan Community College, (2) provide a mechanism/vehicle of support for African American faculty and staff members at the Metropolitan Community College, and (3) assist in establishing effective institutional programs to recruit and retain African American faculty, professional staff, and students at the Metropolitan Community College. Membership in AAFSA is not limited to African Americans, but is open to any employee that supports AAFSA's mission and is concerned about students' academic and personal success.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions of how AAFSA can make a positive impact at MCC. Send an email to




The Latinx Affinity Group is committed to collaborating with other affinity groups to create a safe, brave and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff who identify as Latinx. We will focus on providing awareness and advocacy around the Latinx/Latino/Latina academic and social community.


  • Encourage MCC leadership to address trends and emerging issues affecting our students, staff and faculty.
  • Engage in institutional policies and processes that could have a significant impact on our students, staff, and faculty.
  • Cultivate potential areas of opportunities where our members' respective areas of expertise could be utilized to have a positive outcome.

Send an email to for more information



This group was created in 2016 to address a growing need to educate allies and support LGBTQ+ employees. All employees are welcome to join or seek more information about how to become involved. To become part of this group is to become actively involved in making the changes you want to see at MCC.


The LGBTQ+ Affinity group is committed to supporting faculty, staff and students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and allies. We are committed to working with other affinity groups to advocate for inclusive policies and practices.

The objectives of the LGBTQ+ Affinity group are as follows:

  • Create a personal and professional network for all LGBTQ+ employees
  • Foster inclusion and community through a support network of mentors, allies and peers
  • Support diversity at MCC, including outreach, education and retention of employees
  • Foster inclusion and community through co-programming with other campus groups
  • Educate the campuses about the minority group's perspectives and concerns

Do you know what the letters LGBTQ+ stand for? Check out the explanations below:

  • L – Lesbian: A woman who is primarily attracted to women.
  • G – Gay: A man who is primarily attracted to men; sometimes, a broad term individuals are primarily attracted to the same sex.
  • B – Bisexual: An individual attracted to people of their own and opposite gender.
  • T – Transgender: A person whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.
  • Q – Queer: An umbrella term to be more inclusive of the many identities and variations that make up the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Q – Questioning: The process of exploring and discovering one's own sexual orientation gender identity and or gender expression.
  • I – Intersex: An individual whose sexual anatomy or chromosomes do not fit with traditional markers of "female" and "male."
  • A – Ally: Typically, a non-queer person who supports and advocates for the queer community, an individual within the LGBTQ+ community, can be an ally for another member that identifies differently than them.
  • A – Asexual: An individual who generally does not feel sexual desire or attraction to any group of people. It is not the same as celibacy and has many subgroups. 
  • P – Pansexual: A person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to members of all gender identities/expressions, not just people who fit into the standard gender binary.  

If you are interested in participating, or learning more about the projects we are working on, contact us! Send an email to


Women's Mentorship and Networking

This group was created in September 2018 to support, empower and educate women employees. All employees are welcome to join or seek more information about how to become more involved.


The Women's Mentorship and Networking Affinity Group is committed to strengthen the leadership and mentorship of faculty, staff, and students who identify as women at MCC. We are committed to support and serve as a resource on current topics, and professional development opportunities for MCC women faculty, staff, and students.

Our objectives are as follows:

  • Organize activities which support the sustained conversation on the subject of women and leadership.
  • Support faculty research, women coaching and mentoring programs and services for helping women to move into leadership or to strengthen their leadership ability.
  • Educate and advocate for women to become better versions of themselves in their professional and/or personal life.
  • The Women's Mentorship and Networking vision is to provide primary resources on current topics around research, programming, practices, and opportunities for dialogue and collaboration to further promote women and leadership in the 21st century.
  • Support and collaborate with other affinity groups to create a more inclusive environment.

If you are interested in participating in a meeting or being a part of the group, feel free to submit a request or send an email to


If you are interested in joining a group, contact the following: