Employee Resource Groups Business Purpose
Employee Resource Groups can be beneficial to the culture within an organization and its bottom line. Many of these groups often start because of an employee’s need to network with other employees with similar interests and needs. Many of these groups quickly become a model of service for the institution in the area of recruitment of talent, morale boosting, retention and professional development. In addition to all the aforementioned benefits to the institution, Employee Resource Groups help to provide a positive image of the institution to the community.
In an effort to attract and retain a diversity of talented people at all levels, it is important for the ODCE to support activities creating a welcoming campus climate in which to promote and celebrate diversity at UT Dallas. If you would like to have more information on Employee Resource Groups at UT Dallas, please contact Rosie Peterson at ext. 4560 in the Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives.
ODCE and ODCE ERG Coordinator
Support and grow interest in ERGs from potential ERG leads.
Provide training/support/consultation/on-going coaching for ERG leads/members in:
Help ERG leads find the balance between creating a supportive network and being action-oriented, solution focused groups who assist UTD with recruiting, retention and other topics.
Be available to ERG leads for up to one meeting/week during the start-up phase.
The Executive Sponsor plays a critical role in the success of each ERG. The Executive Sponsor is not an honorary or figurehead position; Executive Sponsors should plan to play an active role with the ERG. One element of that role is to make sure the ERG stays focused on problem-solving and assistance to UTD’s diversity/inclusion efforts in the areas of recruitment and retention.
Executive Sponsors may be identified by ERG members, may volunteer or may be invited to participate by the VP of ODCE. Executive Sponsors will be selected after review by the senior leadership of ODCE.
Ideally, Executive Sponsors are:
- Leaders in highly visible positions within the Institute leadership (e.g., deans, department heads/directors, chancellor, Institute professors, etc.).
- Committed to playing an active role in developing/supporting the ERG, particularly as the group gets started (e.g., accessible to the ERG leads, coordinating with ODCE ERG Coordinator, etc.).
- Committed to a two-way developmental process: the professional development of ERG leads/members and their own development in the sponsor/advocate role.
- Willing to participate in brief cultural literacy training as part of their orientation to the ERG sponsorship role.
Executive Sponsors may:
- Be from a different demographic than the group they sponsor.
- Provide some funding to their ERG.
- Assist the ERG with locating funding beyond the minimal amount available from ____.
- Assist the ERG leads with making connections for speakers, etc.
Employee Resource Groups
Military and Veteran ERG
The purpose of the Military and Veteran ERG is to:
foster a military/veteran-friendly environment at UT Dallas.
facilitate a network of UT Dallas employees that share an interest in the military community.
provide information to employees regarding resources for the military and veteran community.
support UT Dallas employees that serve in the military and their family members during service member’s deployment.
enhance recruitment of candidates with military experience.
QuTD advances the educational mission of the University of Texas at Dallas by cultivating a safe and inclusive environment that values, celebrates and affirms the sexual and gender diversity of UT Dallas faculty and staff members. We strive to increase visibility and to encourage meaningful involvement of LGBTQ+ and allied staff and faculty within the campus community as well as to advocate workplace equity and to promote educational growth in a climate of mutual respect.
Matt Winser-Johns, M.Ed
Black Faculty and Staff Alliance ERG
The Mission of Black Faculty and Staff Alliance is to advance a diverse and inclusive work environment with a particular focus on African-American current and future employees and students. And to attract, retain, empower and inspire African-American employees. These Efforts are geared toward helping African-American faculty and staff members achieve their fullest potential across the spectrum of professional development and employment
UT Dallas Young Professionals
The purpose of the young professionals ERG is to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment at UT Dallas, facilitate a network of UT Dallas that share an interest in the professional development of young professionals, provide information to employees regarding resources and networking opportunities for young professionals, support new UT Dallas young professional employees through on boarding and connecting them to the UT Dallas community and increase the membership of young professionals at UT Dallas.
Assistant Vice President
800 W. Campbell Road, SSB 4.400
Richardson, TX 75080
Latino Faculty and Staff Association
The purpose of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association at UT Dallas is to develop activities and initiatives that support the following four goals:
Showcase the contributions of Latino faculty and staff at the University.
Advocate for the recruitment of additional Latino faculty and staff, and for policies that support increased diversity and inclusion at the University.
Provide opportunities for outreach and networking among the Latino faculty and staff.
Identify professional development opportunities for the Association’s members.
Rafael O Martin
Vice President and Chief of Staff
School of Economic, Political & Policy Science
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 S. Campbell Road, AD 3.210A
Richardson, TX 75080
Mailstop - AD15
(972) 883-4824 | [email protected]
UT Dallas Women ERG
The UT Dallas Women Employee Resource Group works to facilitate an environment of advocacy and belonging where women employees can flourish while advancing the mission of UTD.
The mission of the UT Dallas Women ERG is to:
- Develop awareness of contributions of women to UTD
- Provide and support programs that contribute to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women at UTD
- Serve as a safe networking and communications channel for women employees of UTD
- Serve as a voice and to advocate for women issues on campus and in the community.
Membership in the UT Dallas Women ERG is available to all UT Dallas employees.
Universal Access ERG
The mission of the Universal Access Employee Resource Group (UAERG) is to be a strategic partner with UT Dallas to advance the inclusion and engagement of all employees with disabilities through advocacy and education, and to promote the formation of community among employees with and without disabilities. People with disabilities are at greater risk for marginalization and exclusion, and frequently experience barriers to participation and access; therefore, groups like UAERG are needed.
UT Dallas Counseling and Advising Network
The UT Dallas: Counseling and Advising Network (UTD: CAN) strives to provide members with a collective environment to seek networking opportunities, professional development, and promote the profession of advising at the University of Texas at Dallas. The UTD: CAN acknowledges the importance and necessity of a well-trained and highly skilled professional advisor in the education of every student at the University of Texas at Dallas and seeks to provide its members with opportunities and advocacy to grow and develop as advisors and members of the University of Texas at Dallas community.
Kathleen Ritchie, M.Ed.
Dr. Jessica Murphy
Selected Universities with Employee Resource Groups
Michigan State University
The Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
The University of California, Davis
The University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, San Diego
The University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The University of Oregon
The University of Texas at Austin
Virginia Tech University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University