Announcing Employee Resource Groups!
If you have ever wondered how to get involved in the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the University, here’s your answer. Employee Resource Groups are a group of volunteer faculty and or staff members who would like to identify and implement methods to contribute to the 4 Pillars of Excellence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Workforce, Culture, Students, and Community.
Each group will identify their own objectives and partner with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to ensure alignment to the 4 Pillars of Success and will receive ongoing support from the CDI and an Executive Sponsor.
4 Pillars of Excellence
Attract, retain and develop a diverse faculty and staff population, who operate with a growth mindset to deliver a first in class experience and education for all our students.
Foster an inclusive environment that respects, values and appreciates each person for their unique similarities and differences and creates a sense of belonging for all.
Attract, recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body representative of the local, regional and global communities we serve.
Serve as good stewards in the community and achieve recognition as a highly respected learning institution that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of Employee Resource Groups?
The purpose of an Employee Resource Group is to provide an organized catalyst for people who are interested in learning more about diversity, equity and inclusion, and or those who have a desire to contribute to the efforts of the University to create a more diverse and inclusive place to learn and work where everyone has a sense of belonging.
How does an ERG get started?
If you are interested in starting an Employee Resource Group, please first reach out to the center for Diversity and Inclusion to get an overview of what’s required and have any questions you have answered. Also, you will need to complete the application.
Can anyone join an Employee Resource Group?
Yes, regardless of your race or ethnicity or affinity, anyone can join any ERG. This creates a culture of learning, partnerships, and collaboration across cultures and different demographics.
Can student workers join an Employee Resource Group?
Unfortunately, employee resource groups are designed for faculty and staff only. There are many student organizations and groups students can join.
How often do ERG’s meet?
It is highly recommended that they meet at least once a month, and committees can meet as needed.
Do ERG’s have budget?
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has a budget allocated for all the ERGs. Funds needed for ERG events and activities must be requested. After the CDI has reviewed the request and determines if the request meets the criteria for funding and how much can be distributed, the ERG leadership member making the request will be notified.
What are the criteria for funding an ERG event or activity?
Request for funding must align to the ERGs objectives or business plan and contribute to one of the 4 DEI Pillars of Excellence: Workforce, Culture, Student, Community.
How do ERG’s work with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion?
The CDO and Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion oversees all of the ERGs and helps them stay on track and aligned to the 4 Pillars. There should be regular communications and check-ins with the CDO and the Executive Sponsor who helps to support the ERG as well.
Are ERG’s sanctioned by the University?
Yes, and all ERG’s should uphold the mission and values of the University, and align with DEI 4 Pillars of Excellence overseen by the CDI.
Will participating in an ERG count towards my required development hours?
Yes, you can manually add development hours in Workday describing how the time you spent is connected to your development.