Affinity Groups and Departments Supporting Diversity
and Inclusion at UTMB

UTMB’s workforce is diverse and vibrant, with more than 11,500 faculty and staff members, 3,000 students and 500 residents from all around the world “working together to work wonders.”

One way our employees and students can connect with each other is through Affinity Groups. These groups provide a platform for those with a common interest or purpose to participate in activities and to interact socially with people outside of their particular department or unit.


Affinity Groups

Below are the Affinity Groups available at UTMB. Click on the links provided for details about the groups and contact information.

LGBTQ+ Allies in Medicine strives to create more inclusive working and learning environments at UTMB. The group provides training programs on topics such as gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, romantic orientation and other areas of focus on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. For more information, click here or contact Hayley Rogers.

The UTMB Administrative Professionals Association (APA) is a diverse group of employees dedicated to promoting personal and professional development. The APA provides a team-oriented environment and access to a network of support staff located across the university. Those who join will have the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities at UTMB and in our communities.

The APA is open to anyone currently employed or retired from UTMB in an administrative professional position. Click here to learn more about this group or to complete a membership application. You may also contact Florence McMillian or Laura Lindsey to attend an upcoming meeting as a guest of the APA. Please note that this group has a $10 non-refundable annual membership fee.

The UTMB Bow Tie Social Club (BTSC) is a medical history interest group that meets once a month to enjoy a presentation and discussion facilitated by a faculty member or student. Previous topics have ranged from the Discovery and Application of the X-ray to Ignaz Semmelweis and Puerperal Sepsis. A full dinner is served, and all attendees are required to wear a bow tie. Click here for more information or contact Keith Wagner or Nathan Kirsch to be added to the BTSC distribution list.

The UTMB Coed Softball League has been in existence for more than 30 years. The league begins playing in mid-May and runs until mid-July. Games are held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fields across from the Alumni Field House. All UTMB students, staff, faculty and contract workers (including spouses, siblings and children age 18 and older) are invited to form a team or to join a current team. For more information, see the UTMB Coed Softball League Facebook page or contact Scott Saxon or Imelda Wicks.

The mission of this team is to promote exercise through the sport of cycling and to represent UTMB at local biking and charity events. The group is composed of riders at all skill levels and includes students, staff, nurses and faculty.

Members of the UTMB Cycling Team regularly participate in training rides and community sponsored events on the weekends. In 2014, the group was recognized as a top fundraising team at the Bike Around the Bay two-day ride. If you are interested in cycling to stay in shape and would like to take part in group training rides or long-distance events, contact Victor Moreno or Imelda Wicks. You may also visit the UTMB Cycling Team Facebook page for more information.

The Osler Club at UTMB serves as a forum to study the life and teachings of Sir William Osler, the history of medicine, and the medical humanities. Osler believed that physicians should have a strong background in science, that physicians should always do what is right and best for individual patients, and that medical care should be delivered humanely. The group convenes bimonthly and attendance is open to all members of the UTMB community. For more information, click here.

The UTMB Postdoctoral Association (PDA) aims to enhance the experience of all postdoctoral scholars and fellows and to help them fully capitalize on the unique opportunities available during this pivotal phase of career development.

The group promotes interactions across departments to foster multidisciplinary scientific exchange and collaborative initiatives. Other activities include career development seminars, social hours, volunteer opportunities and the annual Postdoc Appreciation Week. To find out how you can get involved in the PDA, click here or email pdassoc@utmb.edu.

To register an Affinity Group, please refer to these documents: Guidelines for Registered Faculty or Staff Organizations, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents and Registration Application for Faculty or Staff Organizations.


Departments and Offices Supporting Diversity and Inclusion at UTMB

The following departments and offices are committed to working together to advance a culture of diversity and inclusion at UTMB.

Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
Diversity Council
Employee Relations
Faculty and Student Recruitment
Health System
Hispanic Center of Excellence
HUB/Supplier Diversity
Human Resources
Institutional ADA
Office of Institutional Compliance
Office of International Affairs
Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Office of the Provost
Professionalism Committee
Recruitment Services
Alumni Relations
Talent and Organizational Development


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