Employee Resource Groups at UofL

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"The University of Louisville is a great place to work because it is a workforce dedicated to personal growth and professional development. We accomplish this by fostering a culture where faculty, staff and administration live our institutional values." (UofL Strategic Plan, 2019)

The university hosts a number of employee resource groups (ERGs) that support our vision to be a great place to work. ERGs promote a climate of inclusion and provide a place where employees can come together to network, create a strong sense of community, and share their concerns with others. View list of UofL's Employee Resource Groups.

What is an Employee Resource Group?
Through regular meetings, events, and networking opportunities, ERGs bring people together and create a spirit of community that leads to a sense of greater wellbeing. Employee resource groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of people who come together around their common interests, backgrounds or identities. They are usually focused on creating strong connections and networks of support for their members and can be powerful tools for helping new employees learn their way around the university. ERGs that focus on a shared identity can also help mitigate the isolation that an employee might feel when they are the "only one like me" who works in their unit.

Can I attend if I don't share the same background or identity as the members of an ERG?
ERGs are open to everyone interested in promoting the purpose and mission of the group and committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive community. The term "ally" refers to someone who actively works and advocates on behalf of a group or identity with whom they do not identify. As an ally, you have a critical role to play in making the university a great place to work for everyone and can be an important contributor to an ERG.

Here are a few suggestions for how to be an ally and support ERGs:

  • Focus on listening to the experiences of others without challenging or interrupting.
  • Educate yourself and take proactive steps to learn more. Don't wait for others to teach you.
  • Be an ally in the places where you have the most influence. Advocate for marginalized groups, especially when they aren't in the room.
  • Be okay with making mistakes and remember that it's part of learning. When others point them out to you, remain open to the feedback.
  • Cultivate new allies by talking to others who share your identity about what you have learned.

UofL Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups in planning stage

ERG for Veterans

Interested in helping start a new employee resource group (ERG) for veterans? Join this session to learn more about how ERGs support our campus community and all the ways to get involved. ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of people who come together around their common interests, backgrounds or identities. They are usually focused on creating strong connections and networks of support for their members. Join the interest meeting on September 28, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm via Microsoft Teams. 


Do you have an idea for a employee resource group you would like to see on campus? Please reach out to Employee Development and Success at staffdev@louisville.edu.

 


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