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"An affinity group is a group of people who share interests, issues, and a common bond or background, and offer support for each other. These groups can be formed between friends, or people from the same community, workplace or organization...Affinity groups can represent a narrow or broad definition of a dimension of diversity: African ancestry or Black employees, Asian Indian, Chinese, Gay and Lesbian, Hispanic or Latino, People with Disabilities, Mideast and Southeast Asian, Veterans, [and] Women. In some corporations, groups that include men, virtual workers and new employees are also forming." (Bernard Hobes Group, 2004)

Glossary Source: 

Bernard Hobes Group. (2004). Affinity groups: How to start one in your office and make it work. Retrieved from http://www.hodes.com/solutions/diversity/articles/affinitygroups.asp