Affinity Groups

Beaver offers each student an academically challenging curriculum in an environment that promotes balance in their lives, fosters critical thinking, and cultivates collaborative and leadership skills. In our courses, students immerse themselves in complex ideas. We value diversity, emphasize multiple perspectives, encourage self-reflection, and empathy for other’s viewpoints.

To support all students in these endeavors and build an inclusive community, we host gatherings of different affinity groups throughout the year. These voluntary meetings provide students with a safe place to explore identity, discuss and share current events, and encourage and challenge one another. For those who attend, gathering with a group of students who share an important part of their identity while engaging in thought-provoking activities helps frame their experiences at Beaver and the outside community. This cultivates confidence, a sense of belonging, and often translates to engaging in other aspects of school life: academics, sports, the arts, civic engagement, and clubs.

In the Upper School, these meetings are facilitated by faculty and often led by seniors. In the Middle School, juniors participate in some meetings.

We have two groups in the MS: Students of Color and Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA).

We have affinity groups for Asian Pacific Americans 1, Latina/o/Hispanic 2, African American/Black/Afro Caribbean3, White European Heritage, Biracial/Multiracial 4, and a Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSA) in the US. LGBT students are exploring the option of meeting.


1East Asian Heritage, Southeast Asian Heritage, South Asian Heritage, Pacific Islander Heritage, East/Southeast/South Asian, Asian American, Heritage from the Indian Sub-Continent
2Latino/a Heritage, Hispanic Heritage, Latino/a or Hispanic American
3Black, African Heritage, Afro-Caribbean Heritage
4Biracial or Multiracial Heritage, Biracial or Multiracial American