Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives.
ERGs do this by focusing on the experience and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or similar other parameters.
ERGs are intended to provide opportunities for employee networking, professional and personal development activities, improve cultural understanding among UW Health and SMPH employees, improve UW Health and SMPH recruiting efforts, promote education related to diversity, equity and inclusion, align with UW Health and SMPH mission and values, and support UW Health’s and SMPH’s efforts in anti-racism.
Who can become a member
Applications for new members are accessible at the button below throughout the year. This helps ensure commitment and shared understanding of purpose. Please reach out to the DEI department by contacting Afra Smith, Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have.
Members will be allowed to take reasonable time from their normal work duties to participate in ERG activities as long as their unit’s work needs and their own work performance are not impacted negatively. An employee’s active participation in an ERG should be noted in their individual development plans and discussions.
Members are not required to attend every meeting but are encouraged to do so when able. We recognize that personal or work-related issues may require members to leave the ERG or to not be present for an extended period. ERG members may step down from the ERG at any time. Employees can have unlimited membership while they maintain employment at UW Health or SMPH if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
ERG membership eligibility is determined by the following:
- SMPH or UW Health employee*
- Must work at least 0.5 FTE
- Has a Supervisor Statement of Support submitted by their current supervisor
*Employees in training and student employees are not eligible. Staff, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students with appointments such as teaching assistant or research assistant, and faculty are eligible.
List of ERGs
- Black/African/African American
- LGBTQ+ (QUILTBAG)
- Women’s ERG
- Military Service Membership
- Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander
- Disability and Neurodiversity ERG
- BIPOC Resident & Fellow
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