Affinity Groups provide opportunities for Broadies who share common interests to come together in support of advancing great science, networking, and career development. Current groups exist to support administrative professionals, research and technical staff, postdocs and graduate students, the LGBTQ community, project management, people of color, software engineers, professional scientists (bench and computational), women, and more!


Accessibility@Broad is an affinity group with the dual purpose of supporting and advocating for disabled Broadies while also promoting ethical and collaborative work impacting disabled communities outside the Broad. Our mission is fulfilled by advocating for necessary and meaningful accommodations and promoting open discussion about the impacts of the Broad’s work and policies on disability-related issues.

Broad Operations and Support Community (BOSC)

The Broad Operations and Support Community (BOSC) is a group of Administrative Assistants and other administrative professionals who wish to continually enhance their knowledge and share expertise in the area of administrative support.
Learn more about the BOSC and how to get involved.

Agile Academia (AgAc)

Agile Academia (AgAc) is an affinity group for anyone interested in learning and sharing how Agile principles have helped teams become more effective. We discuss how Agile development made popular by software teams can be applied to non-software teams.
Get involved by joining our Google group and our Slack Channel #agileacademia.

Alliance Management@Broad

Alliance Management@Broad is an affinity group for alliance, program, and project managers whose job it is to ensure that key Broad partnerships proceed to their goals effectively, efficiently, cooperatively, and on time. Our aim is to foster the development of a community that shares best practices, learnings, and experience so that we may better facilitate the Broad’s industrial, philanthropic, and academic partnerships.
To learn more or to join our group, please email


The mission of the Bioethics@Broad group is to give Broadies a supportive environment to discuss the ethical impact of scientific work.

Research Associates and Technical Staff (BroadRATS)

"BroadRATS" is an affinity group for research associates and technical specialists. Our aim is to pursue, in collaboration with the entire Broad research associate and technical specialist community, the strengthening, advancement, support, empowerment and recognition of this community.
Read more about our mission and what we do.


DataStorage@Broad is an affinity group for Broadies who store and manage scientific data. Our goal is to explore strategies that reduce data storage cost, improve visibility and access to the data footprint, and share data management tips and tricks, skills sets and lessons learned. If you are interested in learning more, contact DataStorageCore@Broad.

Design Affinity Group

The Design Affinity Group provides opportunities for Broadies  interested in design and data visualization, to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and stay updated on what’s happening at Broad and beyond. Get involved by joining our Google group and our Slack Channel #design-affinity. Please email us if you have any questions.
Find out more about what we do and how you can participate.

Models, Inference & Algorithms (MIA)

Models, Inference & Algorithms (MIA) is a Broad initiative to support learning and collaboration across the interface of biology and mathematics/ statistics / machine learning / computer science.
Find out more about our initiative and how you can participate.


Muslims@Broad is an identity-based affinity group whose mission is to create a welcoming community for Muslims and allies by raising awareness about issues affecting Muslims and advocating for policies that support Muslim Broadies and Broadies in general.

NextGen Association for PostDocs and Grad Students (NextGen)

NextGen is a group of Broad-affiliated academic trainees from across the Broad Institute community that work closely with the Broad Office of Academic Affairs to sponsor and plan social and professional development activities.
Find out more about what we do and how you can participate.


Out@Broad is an affinity group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) Broadies and their allies. Our mission is to ensure an inclusive, affirming and accepting environment for all members of the LGBTQ community at the Broad Institute, identify challenges to and lead the advancement of members of the LGBTQ community in STEM fields, engage with external organizations to promote equality for LGBTQ people in society, and to collaborate with other Broad affinity groups to promote a genuine, shared culture of diversity and inclusion.
Learn more about our objectives and how to get involved.


PM@Broad is an affinity group consisting of project managers, project coordinators, product managers, and others with an interest in improving project management at the Broad by forming a centralized network of Broadies involved or interested in project execution to enhance their knowledge and share expertise.
Learn about our objectives and how we are advancing project management at Broad.


Shades@Broad is a newly formed professional affinity group that seeks to support people of color at Broad by sustaining a culture that is meaningfully diverse and inclusive; engaging all Broadies in working to sustain such a culture; promoting initiatives that leverage the strengths of a diverse workforce and recognize diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage; and fostering a deeper understanding among all Broadies about racial and ethnic difference. Membership is open to ALL Broadies.
Contact us to learn more about our objectives and how to support this important effort.


SoftEng is a community for anyone writing software at the Broad. Through speaker series, workshops, and other events we promote learning, professional development and craftsmanship in software engineering.  Get involved by joining the SoftEng google group or by sending an email to

Broad Staff Scientists

Broad Staff Scientists is an affinity group for all professional scientists who work at the Institute. Our mission is to create lasting initiatives that advance the careers of all staff scientists. With support from Academic Affairs, HR, and Broad leadership, we work with the professional scientist community to understand the diverse roles and needs of scientists at the Broad and build a culture that best supports them in their roles.
Learn more about how we support the professional scientist community at Broad.


Sustainability@Broad advocates for environmentally-minded policies and programs at Broad. Through initiatives at both grassroots and institutional levels, we seek to fulfill our responsibility as a pioneering, collaborative, and globally-reaching health research institute to restore and conserve ecosystems, protect communities, and safeguard future generations. Find out more about what we do and how to become involved.


Our mission is to inspire, connect, and empower women at the Broad, championing strong, influential, and conscientious leaders for the institute and the greater community beyond. Find out more about what we do and how to become involved.

If you have an idea for a potential group that you don't see listed here, please contact the IDEA Office to discuss creating an identity-based affinity group, and People Development to discuss creating a professional-based affinity group. You may also be interested in Discussion Groups, hosted by BroadLife, which offer opportunities for people to connect around other shared interests, such as responsibilities of adult caregivers or parents of children with special needs.