An affinity group is a group of people who share interests, issues, and a common bond or background, and offer support for each other. At CI we are in the early stages of implementing affinity groups to develop connections across campus. Participants can be: staff, faculty, or student workers. For additional information, including how to sign up, use the contact links listed below. And please remember that a Release of Liability Waiver (MS Word, 32KB) must be signed by all participants. 

Current List of Affinity Groups:

  • 1:1 Coffee-Two members paired monthly, will choose a day and time amongst themselves for a short (30 minutes max) “Get to Know a Co-Worker” meeting. This is designed to be informal and allow each of us to get to know one another better and to expand our network of support.
    Jeannette Edwards
  • Biking (Cycling)-This group would like to meet monthly and schedule one or two monthly rides. These rides will vary in length, difficulty, and type so as to allow more people to participate and in general would involve either a destination, a nature trail, or an event that the group would join with to be a sub-group of.  Depending on interest level -  as the group develops - it may evolve into two sub-groups of a leisure group and a more serious hard-riding group. For more information on how to join contact Terry Tarr
  • Book Club- Pick a book everyone is interested in reading, read the book, and meet with members to discuss the book.  There is no current lead, but there is a list of interested members. Please contact Christine Joyua to be added to the existing roster and/or volunteer to become this group's leader.
  • Community Volunteer- We provide an opportunity for CI employees to come together and give back to our campus, local and international communities. We hope to meet monthly and host one service project per month. Past Fall 2016 projects included CI Thanks CI and the December Harbor Wetlands Restoration Project. For Spring we hope to contribute to campus donation drives, participate in a local Food Share pick, in addition to any ideas our committee members bring forward. Please contact our co-leads Tanya Yancheson and Asha Ramachandra to be placed on our listserv and come together to give back! 
  • CI Events Volunteer- This group helps to plan 4 campus events per year for Staff and Faculty. Join us and bring your great ideas and creativity! Contact Janet Korsmo to join. 
  • CI Community Garden Group- If you have a passion for gardening, please join us at the CI Community Garden located next to Potrero Field off of Oxnard Street. ESRM Professor Dan Maher is working on identifying and restoring the plants in what was once a Therapy Garden created for patients back when CI was still the State Hospital. We are also working on plans to start growing fruit and vegetables to share with each other and the Dolphin Food Pantry.  The garden is generally open, and Dan will be working with students and/or master gardener volunteers on weekends from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. until the end of semester. You can park in the Arroyo Hall Parking Lot. For more information contact Jennifer Kubel.
  • Crafting Group-The crafting group is for anyone who currently engages in a hand craft, or would like too. We have no limits on knowledge or skill level. All are welcome, especially if you’ve never tried or don’t think you can do anything crafty. This is your chance to set aside dedicated time for your own project, socialize with other makes, participate in craft-related volunteer opportunities and try something new in workshop.  For more information, contact: Amanda Timpson. The inaugural meeting will be announced soon!
  • Foodie- Together we will explore the fusion of food, drinks and our CI community. Join us for monthly lunch or dinner outings to taste new things, meet friends, and save with Dolphin Rewards. Contact Christine Girardot to join or visit CI Foodies: Dinner and Lunch Sign up Genius site for upcoming outings. 
  • Gaming-The Gaming Group is designed to connect staff and faculty across campus who are gamers. Whether you’re a console, PC, or tabletop gamer you’ll be welcomed in this group. We meet up to talk about new/upcoming games, grab lunch, and occasionally plan gaming events outside of business hours including LAN parties, online multiplayer sessions, and midnight release parties. Contact
    Claire Langeveldt & Amanda McMurry.
  • Hiking/Walking-This group would like to meet monthly or bi-weekly and schedule one or two monthly group hikes. These hikes would vary in length, difficulty, and type so as to allow more people to participate and in general would involve either a destination, a nature trail, or a walking event we would join.

    Depending on interest level -  as the group develops - it may evolve into two sub-groups: a leisure group and a long-hike group that could pursue destination hikes that might include camping out. For more information on how to join contact Tom Froelich

  • Bowling Group-Non-competitive bowling group that just wants to have fun. Bowling on Sunday mornings between 9 and noon, or Open Bowls. Some may join local leagues. Contact  Janet Korsmo to get things rolling!
  • Personal/Professional Development-This group meets once a month to share ideas and resources to identify and develop desired skills. The group also partners with CI's Professional Development Advisory Committee led by Wendy Olson to pilot new personal/professional training programs for staff on campus . Contact Sunshine Garcia to join.

  • Table Tennis- Hai Le
  • Wellness & Nutrition-This fun group has collaborative discussions and offers peer support for wellness and nutrition.  Discussions regarding meal planning, snacking, exercise and how to stay “on-target” for your particular needs.  We may collaborate with other Affinity groups regarding exercise, cooking, etc.  We usually meet up for lunch once a month at the Town Center Marketplace, and this is usually on a Thursday.
    Contact Beatriz Ruettgers to join.

Coming Soon:

Adventure Play- Share outdoor group adventure experiences with your colleagues and friends. There is no current lead, but there is a list of interested members. Please contact  Janet Korsmo to be added to the existing roster and/or volunteer to become this group's leader.

Cooking- In Fall 2016 this group met monthly from 5:30-7:00 pm in the  kitchen spaces located in the Housing and Residential Education buildings. Meetings offered an interactive cooking demonstration that allowed individuals to ask questions, taste recipes, and acquire new skills in the culinary arts. This group is currently without a leader. If you would like to step up and lead, or be added to the existing roster, contact Janet Korsmo.

Not able to find the Affinity Group that is right for you? Do you want to start a new Affinity Group? Contact Janet Korsmo to learn more.