At Georgia Tech, we are focused on engaging faculty, staff, and students who represent a rich tapestry of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and talents. But, this is only part of the inclusive excellence journey; the journey doesn’t end at simply attracting diverse groups. It’s about truly welcoming, valuing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms.
Enter Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Institute Diversity’s Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (SDIE) unit offers six ERGs to support Georgia Tech’s efforts to build community and ensure that employees experience a greater sense of belonging. These voluntary employee associations, organized around common dimensions of diversity, have been designed to offer forums where like-minded employees can enhance their employment experience.
- Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent - Supporting recruitment efforts to attract diverse candidates and implementing work-life support activities to retain them.
- Engaging the Workforce - Fostering camaraderie and community building, and creating safe spaces where employees’ voices are welcome.
- Developing Talent - Offering leadership, career development, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
Originally founded in the Office of Human Resources, each ERG is meant to:
- Foster a greater sense of belonging for its members.
- Encourage the exchange of ideas on matters of interest to its members and allies.
- Present a collective voice to the administration and the broader Institute on matters of interest to its members and allies.
- Support the recruitment, retention, and professional development of its target group(s).
- Celebrate the professional, social, and cultural contributions of its members.
- Create opportunities for its members and allies to connect personally and professionally.