Employee Resource Groups at UofL
"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.
The mission of the Black Faculty/Staff Association (BFSA) is to promote unity, provide support and build community among Black faculty, staff, and students at the University of Louisville. In addition, through advocacy and collaborative efforts, BFSA exists to enhance communication and champion diversity, inclusion, opportunity and social justice—while challenging racism—within the University, with our Black alumni and broader Black community. JOIN US! Visit the Black Faculty/Staff Association website for more information.
The LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association
The LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association strives to foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive of people of all sexualities and gender identities. Our aim is to advocate for and advance equity for LGBTQ+ people on campus and in the community. The group’s focus is on issues that affect employees, but it also collaborates with student groups to support other equity efforts on campus. The group has an active email distribution list and works in close collaboration with the LGBT Center. Contact the LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Association for more information.
The Hispanic Latino Faculty and Staff Association (HLFSA) advises the President and the University of Louisville community on the nature of issues and needs confronting the Hispanic/Latino Faculty, Staff, and Students in the University; provide assistance in evaluating University programs as they pertain to the Hispanic/Latino community; provide input to University and City of Louisville officials; and assist the Hispanic/Latino community to make the University system more accessible. It began operating in 2011. Every Hispanic/Latino UofL Faculty or Staff belongs to the Association. HLFSA meets every other month alternating locations between the Belknap Campus and the Heath Sciences Center. Visit the Hispanic Latino Faculty and Staff Association website for more information.
Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP)
The UofL Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) employee resource supports the personal and professional development of young professionals (ages 40 and below) or emerging professionals who are new to UofL or new to a particular career path. Our aim is to foster a community of support among young and emerging professionals through events and networking opportunities; to enhance the university culture through assisting with policy consideration and changes through the lens of young and emerging professionals; and to be visible around campus in the hopes of encouraging new initiatives and better practices tailored towards young and emerging professionals at the university.
If you are a UofL employee and you self-identify as a young and/or emerging professional, you are eligible for membership and we welcome your participation.
Meeting announcements and event information will be posted in UofL Today and will also be shared through the YEP listserv. Our website is coming soon. Contact the Young and Emerging Professionals group for more information and to join the listserv.
Older Adult Caregiver Support (OACS) Group
The University of Louisville Trager Institute’s Older Adult Caregiver (OACS) Support group provides an opportunity for UofL, ULP and UofL Hospital employees (and retirees) who are involved in providing care to an older adult to get support from other caregivers, learn about caregivers, connect to local caregiver events, and more. This group a great way to meet other caregivers while gaining access to support and resources. OACS meets on the second Tuesday of each month from noon – 1 PM, alternating between Belknap and Health Sciences Campuses. Meeting announcements, including location, will be posted in UofL Today as well as shared on the OACS Facebook Group Page. Additionally, on-going virtual support will be available via the OACS Facebook Group.
The UofL Women’s Network is an inclusive organization committed to encouraging and promoting the personal and professional development of women faculty and staff at UofL. All employees including but not limited to faculty, staff, postdocs, house staff, and graduate assistants are eligible for membership. Working in collaboration with university partners, the network provides professional development opportunities through creation of programming and access to valuable contacts, information, and networking opportunities.
Serving on the Advisory Committee for the Network are representatives from the Faculty and Staff Senates, the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the Commission on the Status of Women, and administrators from the Offices of the President and the Provost representing the Belknap, Shelby and Health Sciences Campuses.
Significant programs include the Annual Professional Development Roundtables, Meet and Greets, the Network Lunch Series, and After Hours events. For more information and to join the ListServe visit the Women's Network website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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