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SHRS Affinity Groups aim to increase social support among underrepresented graduate students throughout SHRS disciplines. Established in 2022, this organization fosters community through unity-embedded experiences, conversations and events. SHRS Affinity Groups are committed to improving the graduate student experience by intentionally creating spaces and opportunities for connection.

Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Reed, MS, PA-C, EMT-P, RYT

Student Leadership:


Christie Cyktor, OTS, MS

Vice President:

Alexandra Antenorcruz, MPAS-S2

Co-Founders: Ashley Thompson, OTD, OTR/L & Spencer Sutter, OTD, OTR/L

Our Mission

SHRS Affinity Groups provide opportunities for underrepresented graduate students in SHRS programs to develop supportive relationships and communities based on shared social identities, characteristics, or life experiences.

Our Vision

SHRS Affinity Groups envision an inclusive culture within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, whereby underrepresented graduate students feel respected, valued, and their experiences are prioritized.

Established Affinity Groups:

  • Asian and Asian-American Students
  • Black and African-American Students
  • Disability Students
  • First Generation Students
  • Family Members of Individuals with Disabilities Students
  • LatinX Students
  • LGBTQ+ Students
  • Non-Traditional Students
  • Underrepresented Interfaith Students

* All Affinity Groups are student-led. Activities are determined by the members’ needs and wants.

If you are an SHRS student and interested in joining an affinity group, email us with your phone number and the name of the group you wish to join. We’ll add you to the respective GroupMe.

If you are looking for an affinity group to represent an identity not yet established, please email us and we will collaborate to form your desired affinity group.