Carnegie Mellon University

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April 28, 2021

Employee Resource Group Pilots to Begin

Last fall, as a result of the Climate Task Force Listening Tours, OHR began researching and developing a framework to provide resources and support to employees interested in establishing employee resource groups (ERG) at CMU. ERGs are groups formed by members of an organization with the purpose to unite individuals to a common cause, improve awareness and engagement, and provide a structured framework and network for members. To be formally recognized, an ERG's goals must align with the objectives and culture of CMU through self-identifying its purpose and its goals during the application process. Individual membership in ERGs is strictly voluntary; open to all interested individuals; and supports diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Additionally, ERGs serve the purpose of acting as a conduit for outreach efforts for the local community and for other campus initiatives.

During the ERG development process, the ERG working group researched peer institutions to see what other universities were offering in this arena and sought advice locally from Vibrant Pittsburgh. The team also sought the support of university executive leadership. Now that the resources have been developed, OHR has received approval to proceed with facilitating the establishment of three pilot ERGs (please note that the names are placeholders; the members will determine the names for the groups):

  • Black Employee Alliance
  • LGBTQ+ Alliance
  • Veteran’s Alliance

Prior to recruiting members, the ERG pilot working groups will be required to define the following as part of the ERG establishment process:

  • Naming the group
  • Developing a mission statement
  • Developing specific goals
  • Determining membership requirements
  • Determining frequency and format of meetings
  • Defining leadership structure and officer terms
  • Developing a funding model
  • Developing a charter

Once the ERG pilot working groups have completed this process, they will be open for membership, officially launch, and begin their planned activities. After the pilot groups are established and the process is refined, additional ERG applications will be considered. OHR looks forward to working with pilot participants and hopes to help ERGs evolve and expand to meet the needs and interests of the campus community.  

If you have any questions about the ERG pilot groups, please contact HR Communications.