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Employee Affinity Groups

Employee Affinity Groups at the University of Kentucky (EAGs@UK) are voluntary clusters of employees who share common interests. These groups play an important role in building community, articulating collective concerns, and promoting employees’ holistic wellbeing.  EAGs@UK also advance the university’s goals and strategic priorities around creating a campus culture of inclusion, belong and expansion. The primary focus of EAGs@UK is to advance inclusive excellence by supporting the connection, collaboration, work life and wellbeing of every employee throughout the institution.   

Employee Affinity Group Advance Day 2022

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African American, Black, African Diaspora Affinity Group

The mission of the ABA Affinity Group is to provide a community of belonging amongst African, African American, and Native American faculty and staff, where space has been curated for inclusion, intersectional identities, social events, resources, and networking.

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Asian and Asian American Affinity Group

The Asian & Asian-American (AAA) Affinity Group builds a community for AAA faculty and staff at UK to: (a) share each other’s stories, (b) support each other; and (c) advocate our needs.

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Hispanic/Latinx Affinity Group

The Hispanic/Latinx Affinity group serves as an outlet for employees to connect culturally, socially and to develop community. It also works to allow employees to collaborate, network and discover research opportunities.

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LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

The LGBTQ+ Employee Affinity Group is composed of UK faculty and staff who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community or is an ally. The group meets regularly to celebrate shared community and communicate with one another and the institution. Any current UK Employee interested in joining can use the link below to be added to the Microsoft Teams group.

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Co-Chairs - Olivia Yinger ( and Justin Sumner (

Co-Vice Chairs -  Lauren Erickson ( and Glenn Means (

Communication Liaison - James Aaron (

Treasurer -  Amanda Hamilton (

Muslim Affinity Group

To provide unique resources for UK Muslim Affinity Group members and their families and to share information, engage and collaborate within the UK family.

Co - Leads

Zaki Hassan ( and Syed Ali ( 

Veterans Affinity Group

The veterans’ affinity group is unique in that it is the only affinity group that is based on an experience.  Our group is incredibly diverse in all areas but share the experience of military service.  Because we are unique in that regard, our mission is somewhat unique as well. 

Disabilities Affinity Group

The Employee Affinity Group on Disability will be a valuable mechanism to provide support and resources for employees with disabilities at the University. Support will be provided to faculty and staff through sharing information on disability-related services and accommodations, personal experiences, strategies for success, and opportunities for inclusion and belonging. 


Mieccia Samuels ( and Robyn Brown (