Affinity Faculty and Staff Associations

Sonoma State University Affinity Faculty and Staff Associations support our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Through workshops, trainings, and community building activities, these groups promote professional and social development that foster a more welcoming campus climate.

Alianza for Equity 

The mission of Alianza for Equity is to offer a visible presence and united voice for Latino/a/x faculty, staff, students, and their allies, to critically examine and proactively address pressing equity issues facing our campus and surrounding community. We advocate for policies and practices that promote the recruitment, success, retention and graduation of Latino/a/x students at Sonoma State. We engage in leadership and action on issues that promote educational and social justice. Finding strength in solidarity and partnership, we embrace diversity and seek institutional transformation that will strengthen SSU as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Asian Pacific Islander American Faculty & Staff Association 

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Faculty and Staff Association (APIAFSA) is to promote the interests of the Asian Pacific Islander American community, provide a sense of belonging and support to faculty, staff, and administrators, to foster cultural awareness, to support education within the community, and provide support to students.

  • Alvin Nguyen, Staff-Co-Chair, Director, Center for Transfer and Transition Programs 
  • Vacant, Faculty Co-Chair - If you are interested in serving as the APIAFSA Faculty Co-Chair please email 
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Black Faculty & Staff Association

The mission of the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is to place faculty, staff, and students at the center of the educational and professional experience. The BFSA of Sonoma State University supports the recruitment and retention of Black students, faculty, and staff as well as the matriculations and graduation of Black students while encouraging cultural education, learning, and leadership experiences through community engagement.

  • Andre Bailey, Staff Co-Chair, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Senior Advisor, Center for Academic Access & Student Enrichment (CAASE)
  • Vacant, Faculty Co-Chair - If you are interested in serving as the BFSA Faculty Co-Chair please email 
  • Email:

Native American Initiative (NAI) 

The Native American Initiative (NAI) uses a university-wide, student-inclusive approach to support the recruitment, well-being, and academic success of Native American, American Indian and Indigenous students at Sonoma State University. We have a strong commitment to reciprocal and generative communities, with a particular focus on strengthening university-tribal relationships.

  • Tramaine Austin-Dillon, Interim Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Queer Faculty & Staff Association 

The purpose of the Queer Faculty & Staff Association or "QFaSA" was founded in the fall of 2018. QFaSA was created with the intention to develop a system of advocacy for employees who are gender and/or sexually diverse. QFaSA works to provide activities on the SSU campus that promote our values of community, education, and advocacy.