Campus Life

Identity and Equity Groups

Mission Statement

Through MA's Identity and Equity Groups, students have the opportunity to lead discussions about identity factors and how they shape our community here at school and beyond. Student leaders are trained in facilitation, leadership, and social justice, and are supported by an adult in the community. The discussions are student-generated and aim to encourage multiple perspectives and create a space where all voices are respected and heard.

If you have questions about any of our Identity and Equity Groups, please contact Mya Sullivan.

Open Groups

Open Groups are just that — open to anyone who would like to participate. They are led by student leaders and suppored by an adult advisor. One misconception in our community is that you need to identify with the group in order to attend meetings — this is not the case! For example, you do not need to be Latino to go to Latino Student Union. We welcome all members of our community to our meetings to engage in conversation or learn something new.

Affinity Groups

Affinity groups at MA meet to discuss issues that are specific to the identity of their constituents (see list at right). Affinity groups are spaces where people can come together with a common identity to talk about their experiences and concerns. We believe all of MA's affinity groups affirm identity and build community. Our collective objective is to unite and integrate, not to divide and separate. 

IDEQ in Action

The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is an inclusive, multiracial, multicultural gathering of Independent upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from around the country. SDLC focuses on self-reflection, allyship, and community building. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participants will develop an appreciation of their own identities, build effective cross-cultural communication skills, better understand the nature and development of effective strategies for social justice, and practice expression through the arts, while networking with their peers. Each year up to 6 MA students are selected to attend SDLC.

Visiting Middle Schools

Queer Affinity Group and Gender & Sexuality Awareness (GSA) leaders visit local middle schools to teach LGBTQIA+ terminology and to tell their personal coming out stories to seventh and eighth graders.

Tim Wise on Campus

Anti-racist activist, author, and speaker, Tim Wise, was our guest of honor for a special assembly, a lunch-time Q&A with students, a session after school with faculty and staff, and finally, an evening presentation for parents and community members. Mr. Wise used his experiences as a student at an independent school as the foundation for the insights and teachings that he shared with our community.

Open Groups

List of 8 items.

  • Asian Student Organization (ASO)

    is dedicated to informing and educating the entire MA community about Asian and Asian American cultures. We strive to provide an open environment for discussion in order to promote awareness around these issues. Adult Advisors: Taylor Tan & Yinshun Wang
  • Black Student Union (BSU)

    is an organization dedicated primarily to addressing the political and social needs of Black people at MA. We provide a forum to discuss issues that are prevalent within the Black community in and outside of MA, and a structure for organizing positive cultural and educational activities and events. We want to educate others while educating ourselves. Most importantly, BSU strives to create a real sense of unity and support for students of African descent on campus. Adult Advisor: Shawn Cole
  • Christian Student Organization (CSO)

    is a non-affinity group designed to address what it means to be a Christian at MA; to inform the whole community of Christian culture; and to address Christian stereotypes, especially within the school. Adult Advisor: Kevin Rees
  • Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA)

    creates a comfortable, accepting, and engaging environment in which participants can openly discuss and learn about issues relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. The GSA strives to foster an environment of awareness, promote education, and provide a forum for discussion about sexual orientation. All are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of sexual orientation and gender. Adult Advisors: Alexandra Brown
  • Global Role of Women (GROW)

    is a student-led group that examines the roles of women at MA and those of the greater global community. In a safe and trusting environment, students contribute their experiences with gender roles, and explore the issues to which women lay vulnerable. In addition to our monthly meetings, members will organize outreach projects open to all MA students that lead to the empowerment of women. GROW welcomes ALL community members. Adult Advisor: Lynne Hansen
  • Jewish Student Organization (JSO)

    hosts monthly meetings and events for the whole MA community. We welcome Jews and non-Jews to explore, learn about, and participate in Jewish life, culture, and identity. Adult Advisor: Juliet Dana and Jaime Meline
  • Latinx Student Union (LSU)

    was created to bring a cultural, social, and educational awareness about Latino heritage. The group serves the MA community by introducing the richness of Latino cultures, and encouraging students to look at the issues that affect the Latino community in the world and the U.S. By raising awareness about these widespread issues, we intend to unite Latino and non-Latino students towards a common understanding. Adult Advisor: Pilar Góngora and María Muñoz
  • Mixed

    provides a safe environment for members of the MA community to explore the intersection of different identity markers, specifically race and ethnicity. We want to create a way for students to better understand their own identities and the identities of others through constructive group discussion. Adult Advisor: Aida Schafer and Daniel Colón

Affinity Groups

List of 7 items.

  • Financial Aid Affinity Group

    is an organization dedicated to providing a space for students on Financial Aid to talk about their experiences at MA, including issues they have encountered and things they would like to change. Our goal is to address the discompfort of talking about socioeconomic status and class, and ultimately decrease the stigma of being on Financial Aid at MA. Adult Advisor: Molly Tanner
  • Folks

    aims to create a safe space for students and adults who identify as people of color to meet, have lunch together, discuss a range of topics, or just hang out. We believe that this setting allows for honest dialogue, which in turn helps us to reach our ultimate goal: to find support among each other so that we can more fully engage in all corners of the broader Marin Academy community.
  • Men Overcoming Restrictive Expectations (Be MORE)

    Our goal is to provide a space for young men in our community to discuss the pressures placed on them and men in general to conform to a standard of masculinity.  This group seeks to bring about awareness of the positive and negative aspects of being male at MA and in the greater community. Adult Advisor: Jared Baird
  • Queer Affinity Group

    aims to create a safe space and community for queer and questioning students to discuss topics relevant to their lives as queer members both of the Marin Academy community and of the world. Such a support network offers people the ability to be understood by others who share similar experiences, struggles, and joys. Adult Advisors: Derek AndersonSanjai Moses
  • Women in Support and Empowerment (WISE)

    is a dedicated group of young women investigating issues that influence and affect our lives. In this group, we discuss the various images and realities with which we are confronted and how these "realities" shape our lives. In our bi-monthly meetings, we aim to build a sense of community and a safe, inviting place for young women to talk and support each other. Adult Advisors: Joani Lacey
  • Young Men of Color at Marin Academy (YMC @ MA)

    The YMOC group offers a safe space for students to talk about their personal experiences and challenges as men of color in the MA community and beyond. We discuss the differences in socioeconomic class, self-representation/  emotional expression, and intersectionality, challenging each of our members to think about their roles in and out of the MA community. The Young Men of Color group aims to provide an environment that empowers, supports, and encourages young men of color at MA. Adult Advisor: Aaron Fulk and Gerardo Molinari
  • Young Women of Color Affinity Group (YWOCAG)

    seeks to foster an environment that empowers, supports, and encourages young women of color at MA. The YWOCAG will offer a safe space for students to dialogue about their personal experiences as women of color, and to create space for vital conversations about the MA community and beyond. Adult Advisor: Nicole Stanton