Affinity groups are intended to bring people together over a commonality. We all benefit from interactions with people who share common identities or experiences.  When you are in the numerical minority of a community, these bonding interactions may only occur during an affinity group.


BATTLE BUDDIES serve as an affinity group exclusively to create a safe space for people who may not feel safe in the larger community because they are in the numerical minority. During our affinity group meetings, we share freely and without inhibition about our experiences. We feel more visible and more included in our community, in doing so, enhance our commitment to inclusivity.

Even though our purpose is to support and uplift minority male leaders, we welcome all races, ethnicities and gender as advocates for this mission. This organization is not meant to be exclusive, but rather to provide support to a professional field that has less than 10% of minority males in school leadership. Furthermore, will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, disability, genetic information, sex, age, national origin, immigrant status, English-speaking status, or marital status. 



Who can be a part of the Battle Buddies Affinity Group?

  • Black Male Educational Leaders

How does a person join the Battle Buddies Affinity Group?

How often does the group meet?

  • Regular bi-monthly meetings established by members of the leadership and special events (i.e., community).

  • Once you sign up, you will be included in a group message with more information including dates, times, and places of the meetings.

  • Some sessions will be more of a fluid and organic conversation whereas others may have specific topics.

What is my expected commitment level?

  • Attend at least one meeting/event per month or at least one contact with leadership per month.

  • Financial Responsibility: Headshot, Group Photo, and Videographer

Can I become a BOLD Leadership Consultant?

  • There will be an annual opportunity for Battle Buddies members to become consultants.

  • There will also be opportunities for Battle Buddies members to transition to become a BOLD Leadership Consultants.