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Affinity Groups

CEC is excited to bring back what was historically known as Caucuses, but are now Affinity Groups

The goal of Affinity Groups is to help members connect with other members that have similar backgrounds or interests.   Members can join affinity groups by logging into their account and reviewing their opt in/opt outs.  There is no cost to join affinity groups

How to Join:

1. Log into your CEC account here: User Home ( 2. Once you are logged into your account, under account actions you will see a button that says Opt in and Out, click on that button.  3.  If you scroll down on that page you will see Affinity Groups.  Check the box of those affinity groups that you wish to join, and hit save- it is that easy!

If you have any questions or trouble please don't hesitate to contact Brannan Meyers at 

Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group

The CEC Hispanic/ Latino Affinity Group is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of Hispanic children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of Hispanic American special educators. The Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, administrators, and parents to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC

Chair: Dr. Diana Morales


Asian/Asian American / Pacific Islander Affinity Group ( AAAPI)

The AAAPI Affinity Group aims to create a safe space for all Asian-identifying educators. The group celebrates and seeks to grow in understanding of the diversity of its members, who vary in their nationality, ethnicity, culture, religion and gender identity.

Chair: Francesca de La Torre-Shu


Educators with Disabilities Affinity Group

This group educates CEC and the field of special education on needs and approaches for educators with disabilities.

Chair: Terry Friedrichs


LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

The purpose of this affinity group to provide a source of support and networking for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies during the national conference and throughout the year

Chair: Bryan E. Cichy-Parker


Black Affinity Group

The Black Affinity Group seeks research issues, develop policy/ strategies, and recommend solutions to the CEC executive board that reflect equity, inclusion, quality in exceptional needs education for students and educators particularly those of the African Diaspora.

Chair: Katina Fox



                        Interested In Developing a New Affinity Group?

If you are interested in starting an affinity group please complete this form and send to

If you have any questions please contact

Last Updated:  15 December, 2022

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