We come to PoCC and feel the safe space, solidarity, and rejuvenation that come from affinity groups. We return home to our schools, eager to create such spaces for our students, staff, and parents. BOOM. You run into a brick wall. Why do schools resist affinity groups? How do you make the case for them and launch them meaningfully to minimize resistance? Discuss obstacles and strategies, gain resources and practice, and walk away more prepared to provide safe spaces for your school’s constituencies. Participants can expect to: 1) discuss the challenges they have faced starting affinity groups at their schools, 2) get resources that make the case for affinity groups, 3) get practical how-to’s for starting affinity groups meaningfully, and 4) practice responding to statements of resistance. This workshop will include interactive exercises, presentation, and small group discussions.