Affinity Welcomes Our New Executive Director: Imani Rupert-Gordon

Affinity Welcomes Our New Executive Director: Imani Rupert-Gordon


For over a decade, Imani Rupert has worked to advance social justice efforts in higher education and local communities.  

From December 2013 until January 2016, Imani served as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), part of Howard Brown Health in Chicago. Under her leadership, BYC was successful in its efforts to obtain a special use permit that allowed the program to continue services uninterrupted. She also oversaw the expansion of services at BYC, improved relationships with the community and local government, and established a more sustainable budget through increased donor participation. 

Prior to coming to Chicago, Imani worked for 8 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she served as a lecturer and developed campus wide programming. She was also a founder of the incredibly popular Social Fiction Conference that helped students dismantle biases and examine issues of social justice through science fiction, gaming and fantasy. 

Additionally, Imani held a position on the Board of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Center where she focused on expanding programming and fundraising efforts. During this time she also served as a crisis hotline worker on the Suicide Prevention Hotline and a speaker on the Triangle Diversity panel.

Ms. Rupert holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.


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