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What is an Affinity Group?
An affinity group is an organized group of alumni with shared interests and common bonds.  Affinity groups plan and organize events throughout the year with the goal of staying connected with each other and with the University of Mary Washington. This connection can be based on identity, previous student organization involvement, interests, and professional industry. Examples of these may include:

  • Student Activity Involvement (Ex: COAR, Res Life/RA, Athletics)
  • Professional/ Career Affiliation (Ex: Legal, Federal, Military, Educators)
  • Identity-based groups (Ex:LGBT, Black, Latino, Asian)
  • Interest (Ex: Exercise, Literature, Opera)

Why have an Affinity Program?
The University of Mary Washington wanted to create a medium through which alumni can reconnect through shared experiences, interests, and identities. The additional of affinity groups will allow UMW alumni increased volunteer and leadership opportunities, foster a sense of community within the alumni population, and support a culture of philanthropy. 

The UMW Office of Alumni Relations recognizes the importance of, and relies on, affinity groups to assist in providing engagement opportunities to connect the University and group members to each other.


For more information on affinity groups, please contact Jeremy Vaughn, Associate Director of Alumni Programs, at or by calling (540)654-2063.