DEIJ Affinity Groups & Clubs

Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups

Cal Lutheran faculty and staff can connect over a shared common interest or background by joining or starting an affinity group.

Join an Affinity Group

To join an affinity group, please contact that group's leader(s).

Group Contacts
API Employee Group
General Information -
Vickie Chen - Lead
Edward Kang - Lead
Jo Petersen - Marketing and Communications
Rachel Bennett – Liaison/Rep to Cultural Engagement and Inclusion
Black Employees Association
Chris Njunge -
Lorri Santamaria -
Latinx Employee Group

General Information - 

Sarah Garcia 
Diana Hernandez 
Dr. Christina Sanchez 
LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Group

Dr. Daniel Tillapaugh -
Dr. Chris Paul -

Parents Group Karissa Oien - 
Italian Employee Group Giana Gutridge - 
Jessi Soporito -
Emerging Leaders

Gabrielle Pittle -

Middle Eastern Employee Group

Nadia Hefni Foster -
Dr. Atlal El-Assaad -

Faculty Women in Business

Mary Jo Shane -

How to Start an Affinity Group

For a new Affinity Group to be officially recognized by the institution and eligible for university funding, an application must be submitted to the DEI Core Team for review. Pending a favorable Core Team review, the application will then go to Cabinet for approval and adoption. Once the Affinity Group has been approved by Cabinet, the Office of Talent, Culture and Diversity will grant each affinity group $250 to $500 per academic year (dependent upon membership count) for operating expenses. 

Submit Your Application

Student Clubs & Organizations