Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

What are Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)?

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led, employer-recognized groups of people who join together based on shared interests or life experiences to create a positive and safe space for:

  • Friendship and support
  • Personal and professional development
  • Allyship

ERGs collaborate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Our current ERGs

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Employee Resource Group
  • Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Employee Resource Group
  • EmBody+ Employee Resource Group
  • Emerging Leaders Employee Resource Group
  • International Employee Resource Group (IERG)
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • Military Employee Resource Group

Why are we supporting ERGs?

We realize the value of diversity and we are committed to being an employer of choice in an increasingly diverse and global workplace. ERGs enable our employees to join communities of shared interest or life experiences, and they promote learning about the experiences, values, and traditions of our diverse colleagues.

What is allyship?

Even if you don’t necessarily identify with a group’s life experiences but still want to be involved, you can join an ERG to learn, show your support and participate by being an ally. An ally is a person who chooses to align with efforts to improve circumstances for other people. Allyship can mean getting to know people, asking and learning about their experiences, being curious and open-minded, and learning about the issues that are important to others. An ally acts, learns, listens, and yields their privilege. Being an ally is a choice to get involved.

Ways to be involved

  • Attend events hosted by an ERG
  • Promote initiatives within your own department or location
  • Assist with an initiative or event planning
  • Help organize or lead a group

For more information about Employee Resource Groups please contact belonging@hitchcock.org.