The Alameda Community Learning Center is a public charter school located in California. A concerned community member provided Parents Defending Education with emails that the school sent out regarding a “Community Affinity Night” that occurred on October 20, 2023. In one email, the school explained that several “affinity spaces” would be offered for parents, including “Arabic Speaking World/Middle Eastern, LatinX/Hispanic, African American/Black, and Asian American Pacific Islander.” Affinity spaces are often called affinity groups. Affinity groups are groups of people segregated by their characteristics, such as race and ethnicity.
The purpose of the event was to have “reflections on you and your learners sense of belonging Q1” and discuss “how you would like to see ACLC embody and serve your learner and community.” Another email showed that each identity group would have its own room.