ABOUT YC AFFINITY GROUPS
We’re launching our YC Affinity Groups this Fall 2021, which will be organized spaces where our YC students can come together to discuss and process common experiences related to their identities. We hope these groups will support our students during their time at the YC and strengthen the bonds of our community. Each group will be led by a facilitator from the A.C.T. community. At this time, our affinity groups are open to our students grades 8-12 only.
Our two affinity groups at this time will be:
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color)
LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning)
BIPOC Affinity Meetings (Fall 2021)
Mon, September 27: 5-6pm (via Zoom)
Fri, October 22: 5-6pm (via Zoom)
*Meetings facilitated by Ashley J. Hicks
LGBTQ+ Affinity Meetings (Fall 2021)
Fri, September 24: 5-6pm (via Zoom)
Mon, October 18: 5-6pm (via Zoom)
*Meetings facilitated by Dinah Berkeley
EMAIL US TO JOIN!
If you identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ and would like to attend any of our affinity meetings, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Questions are also welcome!
MEET OUR FACILITATORS:
Ashley J. Hicks
BIPOC Affinity Group Facilitator
ASHLEY J. HICKS (a.k.a. ASH) is a 2021 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at A.C.T. Recent projects include her very first co-star role on a television series and a voiceover for IBM. In addition to being an actor, Ash is also a writer and is currently working on developing her first pilot. Ash believes that art can build bridges between communities and various intersectionalities of identity. As a Black woman with Albinism, she uses her voice to help tell stories that call people in and bring them together.
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Facilitator
DINAH BERKELEY (they/she) is a nonbinary Chicago based actor, collaborator and teaching artist. They’ve contributed to the development of and performed in new works at The American Conservatory Theater, Humana Festival of New Plays, Are Nova, HERE Arts Center, At. Ann’s Warehouse and more. They're a proud MFA alum from A.C.T.’s class of 2020, and they hold a BFA from Ohio University and completed the Actor 's Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Program. Dinah believes in honoring each individual artist ’s ability to be in process and is dedicated toward shifting the narrative within the business to become less product oriented.