AAFSA Membership

Welcome to the African American Faculty & Staff Association

The African American Faculty & Staff Association (AAFSA) elected new leaders in the summer of 2016 to serve a two-year term. Under the leadership of Bruce Smail (Chair), Chantay Jones (Co-Vice Chair), and Dr. Kawami Evans (Co-Vice Chair), the leadership team focused on four goals: 1) build a strong and active network of African American Faculty & Staff members; 2) increase engagement of faculty in AAFSA; 3) advocate for issues and concerns of AAFSA members; and 4) increase visibility and interest in AAFSA.

In 2016-17, we expanded AAFSA involvement and reached through four events: AAFSA Welcome (96 participants); Social Justice Luncheon (19 participants); Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon (42 participants); and a Post-Election Dialogue (8 participants). We conducted quarterly AAFSA Business Meetings with 13 (Fall), 23 (Winter), 17 (Spring), 10 (Summer) participants. We also expanded our communication options. The leadership team can be reached at leadership-aafsa@ucdavis.edu. The AAFSA listserv has 715 members. We created list serves to support ongoing dialogues for our support groups and committees: Sista Circle (24); Brotha Circle (6); Gender Nonconforming (2); Social Justice Luncheon Committee (14); Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Committee (18); and By-Laws Committee (11). Members also wanted other social media options and we created a SLACK account (51 members) and a closed Facebook Page (14 members). AAFSA continues to grow and remains quite active in 2016-17.

In addition to the increased engagement, we sent our incoming Chancellor – Dr. May a welcome letter, an invitation to meet with AAFSA leadership, and we will have a welcome reception for him in the fall. We have supported and advocated for an AAFSA member recently terminated by the institution. AAFSA tabled at the three New Employee Welcome Events, Principles of Community Luncheon, and Soaring to New Heights.  

We will continue expanding on our goals from 2016-17, finalize AAFSA By-Laws, and elect more officers in 2017-18.

2017-18 Business Meetings & Events Schedule

  • October 26, 2017 – AAFSA Fall Welcome & Welcome of Chancellor May, 3 – 4:30pm, UC Davis Welcome Center [Co-sponsored with African Continuum (UC Davis) and African American Faculty & Staff Association (UC Davis Health).
  • November 9, 2017 - AAFSA Business Meeting, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center - Room D
  • January 17, 2018 - AAFSA Social Justice Luncheon, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center – Multipurpose Room
  • February 7, 2018 - AAFSA Business Meeting, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center - Room D
  • April 25, 2018 - AAFSA Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center – Multipurpose Room
  • May 17, 2018 - AAFSA Business Meeting, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center - Room D
  • June 27, 2018 - AAFSA Business Meeting, 12 - 1:30pm, Student Community Center - Room D

 AAFSA List Serves

Here are the key list serves for AAFSA. If you need to reach the leadership team, just send an email to leadership-aafsa@ucdavis.edu. If you want to join any of the support groups or committees, please use http://lists.ucdavis.edu to search and join the list.