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Employee Resource Groups: Inclusion and Celebration

A group of employees who are part of the Black Faculty and Staff Association Group photo of Los Rios' Black Faculty and Staff Association.

This leadership series session will highlight the district’s Employee Resource Groups (also known as ERGs, affinity groups, or business network groups):

  • Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legacy
  • Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA)
  • La Comunidad (Hispanic/Latinx/Chicanx Association)
  • Native American Collaborative (Native/Indigenous/First Nation)
  • Spectrum (the diverse LGBTQIA+ community)

ERGs are comprised of employees who join together in the workplace, based on shared characteristics or life experiences. Traditionally focused on traits of underrepresented groups, such as women, sexual orientation, gender, and so on, these groups generally provide support, enhance career development, and contribute to personal development in the work environment.

Today, ERGs are an emerging facet of human resources and employee engagement in academia in support of diverse recruitment, equitable and inclusive hiring practices, and representation to reflect diverse students. These groups celebrate, validate, and respect the individuals of our organization.

Come to this session to explore:

  • Why affinity groups are needed/impactful/successful
  • How affinity groups benefit employees, the district and colleges, and students
  • How to start, grow, and sustain affinity groups
  • Exciting group activities and opportunities in which to engage

The session will be presented by Mellonie Richardson, Confidential Human Resources Officer for Recruitment and BFSA President, as well as panelists from Employee Resource Groups.

The session will be followed by the LRMA Social at Seasons 52 on Arden Way.

Who Should Attend?

LRMA membership: managers and confidential employees.

How to RSVP

Outlook meeting requests for leadership training are emailed to all management and confidential employees in advance of the training. Your reply of 'Accept' or 'Decline' puts the event on your Outlook calendar and gives us an accurate count of attendees for refreshments and handouts.

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