Brown’s first alumni affinity group community was founded in the 1980s with the establishment of the Brown Gay and Lesbian Alumni group, now known as the Brown Alumni Pride Association (BAPA).
In the early 2000s, affinity groups for alumni of color were established, beginning with the creation of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC) which originated with the efforts of several undergraduates working on an independent study project about Black alumni organizations in the Ivy League. The Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC), the Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4), and the Native American Brown Alumni (NABA) were later founded to build connections and support within their respective Brown communities. The Brown Women’s Network was established in 2019 following up on the success of the 125 Years of Women at Brown celebration in 2017.
Affinity groups have hosted a wide range of events focused on celebrating community (Mercedes Domenech Retirement Celebration, hosted by BULAC), honoring generations past (Honoring Black Excellence of the 1950s, hosted by IPC) and addressing today’s complex challenges (Anti-Asian Violence and Racism Panel, hosted by A4).
Brown alumni continue to lead the way in identifying and developing new affinity group communities in partnership with Office of Alumni Relations staff. In 2022, Eli Wolff ’00 and Jonathan Mooney ’00 proposed the creation of a disability/neurodiversity affinity group. This affinity group is in the early stages of development and more information will be shared about how alumni can get involved with this community in the future.