The Why and How of Racial Affinity Groups: Supporting Academic Success and Healthy Identity Development

Mar 21, 2023 10:00AM—3:00PM


New Roads School

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until February 28) $1,350 members; $1,125 group-rate 3+; $2,150 non-members

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The Why and How of Racial Affinity Groups: Supporting Academic Success and Healthy Identity Development

SESSION 1: March 21, 2023 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | New Roads School

SESSION 2: April 20, 2023 | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Virtual

SESSION 3: May 2, 2023 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | New Roads School


Research shows affinity groups promote academic success and healthy identity development, especially for those who have been historically underrepresented in our schools. Purposefully and thoughtfully designed racial affinity groups enhance cross-cultural communication and provide a space for reflection, dialogue, and support. These kinds of groups offer a time and space for affirmation and empowerment of the individual and of the group within the greater community.

This three-part hybrid series will provide practical tools, resources, templates, strategies, and mutual support for educators who are currently facilitating, or considering implementing, racial affinity groups. Participants will explore affinity group curriculum topics including scope and sequence, and sample model structures and frameworks. Participants will also learn strategies around effective communication and engagement to address the underlying and often unspoken causes of resistance to affinity groups and DE&I work. Some of this will be done via racial affinity groups (People of Color and White anti-racist).

This program is designed for educators who are seeking to learn more about implementing, leading, and evolving affinity spaces, including diversity practitioners, deans of students, division directors, and others. Participants will leave with practical tools and resources to support creating and leading their own affinity groups at their school sites.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!


CATDC and New Roads School will be working together to do all we can to ensure your health and safety during our in-person session, monitoring closely nationwide, state, and local updates and recommendations. We ask that you do not attend if you are infected with Covid, have Covid symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who is infected in the last 10 days.

Starting February 2023, we will no longer check vaccination status at the first session of our workshops, but we strongly encourage all CATDC participants to be fully vaccinated.

Given the nature of our in-person programs which gather individuals together from a variety of schools and regions, CATDC may require or strongly recommend masking indoors and/or testing on a program-by-program basis.  A host school/venue may require additional protocols which we will communicate to participants via email in a timely fashion prior to a program or session.  All Covid-related refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.


Rasheda Carroll, CATDC Facilitator

Rasheda Carroll is the Assistant Head of School at Westland School in Los Angeles. She supports personal and organizational growth through reflective processes and skill-building at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. Her research and experience is in organizational change and development, modern and internalized oppression, racial identity development, conflict resolution, affinity group development, and team building. Rasheda is a skilled facilitator, having designed and led workshops and trainings for both youth and adult learning. She has worked with schools, community based organizations and private institutions nationally to create and sustain inclusive organizations and communities. 


Elizabeth Denevi, PhD, is the director of East Ed and works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an assistant professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling and is the co-founder of Teaching While White. Previously, she served as the director of studies and professional development at a pre-K thru grade 12 school and was responsible for the stewardship and integration of the curriculum across all grade levels and subject areas. She also served as a co-leader of the school’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the co-director of diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues, including the book Learning and Teaching While White: Antiracist Strategies for School Communities (2022).

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