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Affinity Groups at CDS

An affinity group is a group of people that share a common experience. Affinity groups can offer special value to those in our community who have a history of and/or the potential for isolation in the broader community. Affinity groups strengthen the entire CDS community by increasing the opportunities for each of us to find support, connection and a voice at our school.  

CDS supports the formation of both family and student affinity groups. The family affinity groups provide not only opportunities for families to build strong connections with others who share some crucial aspect of their experiences, but the groups strengthen our wider community by welcoming the voices of all its constituent parts. The CDS family affinity groups enhance the welcoming multicultural environment that our community has built over many years. All CDS family affinity groups are parent-driven to meet the needs of our families. 

2015–2016 Family Affinity Groups

  • Families of African Heritage
  • Families of Asian Heritage
  • Families of Indian Heritage
  • Families of Latino/a Heritage
  • LGBTQ-Headed Families
  • Families Built Through Adoption
  • Neurodiversity Taskforce (formerly Learning Differences Network)

To recognize, support and celebrate the diversity of our student population, CDS successfully launched its very first student affinity group program in fall 2012. We are thrilled to be continuing and expanding our elementary student affinity group program this year. 

2015–2016 Lower School Student Affinity Groups

  • Students of Color
  • Students of Asian Heritage
  • Girls of African Heritage 
  • LGBTQ-Headed Families
  • Students of Multiple Families and Single Parents/Guardians
  • Families Built Through Adoption
  • Neurodiversity (Learning Differences)

2015–2016 Middle School Student Affinity Groups (groups chosen by students)

  • Students of Color
  • Latino/a
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Multiracial
  • White Ally
  • International (born outside of U.S., children of immigrants…)
  • Queer Alliance
  • Girls
  • Boys
  • Multiple Households / Divorced Families
  • Neurodiversity (Learning Differences)

CDS Affinity Groups FAQ
The Role of Affinity Groups in an Inclusive Community