Affinity and Alliance Groups

All children at Grace have opportunities to join discussion groups that help support, educate, and empower students while they navigate their unique identities. In affinity group spaces, those that share an identity, such as race, religion or gender, come together with an advisor to discuss the rewards and challenges they share. In alliance groups, students of all identities who share a common goal meet to learn and to think about how they might further educate their community about building a safe, inclusive and equitable school.

Lower School Student Groups

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  • CASA Jr.

    CASA (Culturally Aware Student Association) Jr. is a free after school program for students in 1st - 4th grade that provides a welcoming and supportive space for students to explore family, heritage, and identity.   Students are encouraged to share family traditions, explore different cultures, and learn skills that support healthy and inclusive communities.
  • Banana Splits

    Banana Splits is a program for students who have experienced parental divorce or death. Established in 1978 by social worker Liz McGonagle, the group’s purpose is to to provide a safe place to express feelings, to normalize feelings through sharing, to train children in problem solving and coping skills, and to increase self esteem through mutual help.   Led by a school counselor.

Middle School Student Groups

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  • CASA

    CASA (Culturally Aware Students Association) is our longest running student diversity group.  CASA brings students together to hear speakers and discuss topics that explore the broad range of diverse identities in our community and beyond.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

    The middle school GSA, CHANGE (Challenging Hate And Norms of Gender Expression), is a group for students that provides support, discussion, community awareness, and education about the LGBTQ+ community.  Students organize community events and discuss ways to increase awareness among their peers.
  • Race Forum

    Led by students, this group explores the many complex aspects of racial identity.   Students choose topics to explore with the guidance of adult advisors, and lead discussions amongst their peers.

High School Student Groups

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  • Amazing GRACE Affinity Group

    Amazing GRACE - G Race Ancestory Culture and Ethnicity. Through discussion, film, and sharing personal stories, this group highlights the richness, and the challenges, of the African American experience, contemporary and historical. Amazing Grace  is open to any student interested, but also provides a support space for African American students. 
  • Gender Equity Club

    This club will give all students a space to discuss gender inequity. We will work on a variety of projects, including collecting menstrual products for a local women’s shelter, calling congress members and urging them to protect reproductive rights, and making posters to increase awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. 
  • Hola

    Hola is an affinity and support space for students who identify as Latina or Latino.  Students in this group explore their diverse identities, share experiences, and learn about opportunities to participate in conferences and events that address Hola student concerns.
  • Middle Eastern Affinity Group

    The Middle Eastern American Affinity group is a support and discussion space for students who identify as Middle Eastern.  This new group is developing programming for the upcoming year.
  • Multi(G)racial

    Multi(G)racial is an affinity and support space for students who identify as multiracial.  Students explore the unique experiences and challenges multiracial identities engender, and participate in community awareness projects.
  • Spectrum

    Our gay-straight alliance group focuses on offering support for students who identify as LGBTQ+.  Students participate in national events such as GLSEN’s  Day of Silence, and help build community awareness.  This group plans our annual Pride Chapel in June.
  • Student Diversity Council

    The Student Diversity Council is made up of representatives from our various affinity and alliance groups at the high school.   This team focuses on community awareness and education by organizing events for the campus and supporting affinity group projects.   The group also sends representatives to our adult Diversity Council meetings.
  • Triple A (Asian American Affinity Group)

    The Asian American Affinity group is a support and discussion space for students who identify as Asian.  Group discussions can include a wide array of  topics such as fighting stereotypes and discrimination, representation in the media, and the diversity among Asian identities.
  • White Identity Discussion Group

    This open discussion group explores white identity and investigates how students who identify as white can be a part of anti-racist movements.    Students who join the group will read articles, share videos, and discuss the history of white identity.
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