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Student Affinity Groups

The JET Office is committed to supporting and providing affinity space for students to come together, build community, talk about issues, celebrate cultures, and share resources.  

Affinity groups "allow students who share an identity—usually a marginalized identity—to gather, talk in a safe space about issues related to that identity, and transfer that discussion into action that makes for a more equitable experience at school."  Learn more about affinity groups >>

Below is a current listing of MassArt’s Student Affinity Groups. If you are interested in starting a new group or have ideas for programming and community building, then JET staff and JET Student Leaders are here to support you. Email for more information.

Queer Artist Collective (QAC)

The Queer Artist Collective is comprised of a group of students on MassArt’s campus who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. The hope for this group is to provide continued support for queer students and allow them a safe space to gather, share ideas, critique work, celebrate, learn, and build community.

LGBTQ+ Virtual Hangouts*
Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:00pm EST

*Open to all LGBTQ+ students. You do not have to be a member of QAC to hangout.

Artist of Color Unions (ACU)

The ACU is the umbrella organization for all BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) unions listed below. The ACU provides opportunities for students to come together in a myriad of ways to promote multicultural and intersectional identities and be together in solidarity. 

Please email us if you identify with and are interested in joining a Latinx Artists Union, Asian Artists Union, and/or Indigenous Artists Union. (These are unofficial group titles and are subject to change with feedback from members of each group as they become established.)

  • Black Artist Union (BAU)
    The Black Artist Union is MassArt’s oldest student lead group on campus. BAU is a community that consists of MassArt Undergraduates, Graduates, Alumni, Faculty and Staff. We aim to support each other in whatever ways possible and share our art and voices with the rest of the MassArt Community, Boston, and beyond.
  • Asian Artist Union***

  • Latinx Artist Union***

  • Indigenous Artist Union***

*** These are unofficial group titles and are subject to change with feedback from members of each group.

BIPOC Virtual Hangouts*
Mondays: 2:00 - 3:00pm EST

*Open to all BIPOC students regardless of nationality. You do not have to be a member of ACU or affiliated organizations to hangout.

International Artists Association (IAA)

The IAA is a space for international students to come together and build a sense of community around shared and unique intercultural experiences. It acts as a safe space to discuss the ways in which international students experience college life in the United States and provide a platform which students can utilize to build connections with MassArt's alumni network and share helpful resources. 

International Virtual Hangouts*
Fridays: 10:00 - 11:00am EST

*Open to all International students. You do not have to be a member of IAA to hangout.