DEI & LAUNCH Communities
The DEI Office and LAUNCH at Drew University collaborate closely to ensure equity and inclusion for ALL students. In doing so, we continuously explore innovative ways to promote access and support to each Drew student in their academic and professional journeys.
From research we have learned that college student participation in learning communities produces higher levels of academic effort and outcomes; student learning construction and assimilation; personal, interpersonal, social, and intercultural development; and retention and success.
At Drew we are promoting inclusive and integrated learning communities comprised by students, alums, family members, employers, faculty, staff, and community members. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) encourages active engagement in the Launch Career and Identity/Affinity Communities to pursue and facilitate customized cultural and career development opportunities, networks, support, programs, and resources.
There are 18 distinct Launch communities. About half of them have a career-development focus and the other half have a culture-development focus based on the identity/affinity of its members. The Launch Identity/Affinity Communities have joint oversight from the DEI Office for design, implementation, and function.
The Launch Identity/Affinity Communities are groups of like-minded people who care about the issues impacting that particular community, as well as the contributions of that community to the institution and beyond. Members of each Identity/Affinity Community collaboratively design and promote healthy and sustainable approaches to meeting their needs and contributing to their systems. Join as many communities as you choose; you are welcome here!
These are the LAUNCH Career Communities
These are the LAUNCH Identity/Affinity Communities (you can read about each one below)
The Ethnic/Racial Heritage Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community is designed to be a space for people who identify with or are interested in learning more about diversity and ethnic heritage backgrounds. This community offers resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich the academic experience and promote success as a student. Importantly, we offer a support system to promote the academic and personal success of each student!
The Gender & Sexuality Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community offers a space for people who identify with or are interested in the diversity of human gender and sexuality, as well as with its trials and opportunities. Because our personal experience and upbringing play a role in how we view and define gender and sexuality, we have yet much to learn about each other and how we can support each other to reach our goals based on our diversity. This community welcomes you to be yourself and learn about others in respectful ways.
The Visible/Invisible Disabilities Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community offers students with different abilities support to succeed in every facet of life while at Drew University. It offers a safe space for students to find resources, programs, events, and support from allies and advocates that address needs and concerns, as well as a network of support that can extend into the future.
The First Generation Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community is designed to help first generation students and their families to connect, make new friends, engage, learn, and collaborate within Drew University. It offers a safe space to find resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich their academic experience and promote their success as a student.
The International Student Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community offers resources, programs, and support that cater to international students’ specific needs to help them succeed at Drew. This community is designed to assist international students in making the best out of their U.S. college experience and to exchange their culture and perspective with domestic Drew community members to the fullest extent.
The Commuter/Transfer/Non-Traditional Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community offers a space for people who identify as or are interested in building the inclusivity, relationships, and support for commuters and non-traditional students. This community offers resources, programs, events, and networking opportunities that can enrich a student’s academic experience and promote their success.
The Limited Resources Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community promotes that the next generation of leaders needs imagination and courage to constructively engage the challenges and opportunities of our age. The limited economic resources identity affinity community is designed to facilitate opportunities, networking, collaboration, and mentorship, while helping students navigate the day-to-day campus experience.
The Faith, Religion & Spirituality Identity/Affinity LAUNCH Community …[in construction]…