The POD Network provides a number of affinity groups to support community development for members. Affinity groups provide a forum for individuals who share a common identity as members of a marginalized group. 


The goals of POD Affinity Groups are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for colleagues with a shared identity to connect, support one another, and share wisdom about navigating institutions as members of systematically marginalized groups
  • Create spaces where members of marginalized groups feel safe being their authentic selves
  • Lower barriers to organizing, powerbuilding, and advocating for change within the POD Network


Monthly Affinity Group Gathering days and times are listed below. By signing up for any of these groups, you will receive notifications of future gatherings. More groups will be added and advertised on a rolling basis.

Please register for all affinity groups via this link:


Asian/Pacific Islander/Asian American/South Asian

Day/Time: The third Thursday of the month; 10 am Pacific/11 am Mountain/12 pm Central/1 pm Eastern

Convener(s): Heeyoung Kim & Heather Dwyer


Black/African/African American/Afro Caribbean

Day/Time: The second Friday of the month; 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/12 pm Eastern

Convener: Jamiella Brooks



Day/Time:  The first Friday of the month; 8 am Pacific/9 am Mountain/10 am Central/11 am Eastern

Convener(s): Linda Hasunuma, Theresa Ronquillo, Tammy McCoy, Carol Hernandez, Tazin Daniels


Latinx/Latine/Hispanic/Latin American

Day/Time: Last Friday of the month; 11 am Pacific/12 pm Mountain/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern

Convener: Amanda Valdespino (she/her)


2SLGBTQ+ Affinity Group

Day/Time: To Be Confirmed

Convener: George Tsz-Kwan Lam


Disabled Affinity Group

Day/Time: The second Thursday of the month; 9 am Pacific/10 am Mountain/11 am Central/12 pm Eastern

Convener(s): Convener/Leadership rotates every three months – primary contacts are Cait Kirby and Michael McCreary

Note: You may also directly register with the Disabled Affinity Group with this link, which is only seen by Disabled Affinity Group leadership.


Immigrant Group

Day/Time: currently determined monthly via members poll

Convener(s): Anna Santucci & Anastasia Williams