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Employee Resource Groups

“Georgia Southern University celebrates diversity in all its forms. All populations will feel valued and respected, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability. In addition, the University will capitalize on distinctive, unique campus cultures while encouraging strong institutional unity.”

— Georgia Southern Strategic Plan, 2019

About ERGs

Georgia Southern University is committed to supporting the growth and development of a diverse and inclusive workforce through fostering the development of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as part of our Inclusive Excellence Action Plan Strategy 2-B. These groups cultivate and strengthen workplace effectiveness and leadership abilities, support recruitment and retention efforts, offer opportunities for professional development; and promote career growth and success in the workplace. 

ERGs are an employee-led initiative that provide members of the University faculty and staff the ability to engage in opportunities that promote the following themes:

  • Inclusive excellence 
  • Professional development
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Expanded networking
  • Leadership
  • Employee recruitment and retention

Current Employee Resource Groups (Click the links to explore!)

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Group (s)SessionRegistration Links
Jewish ERG Monday, January 24, 2022 General Meeting Registration Closed
International ERGFriday, January 28, 2022 – Flash Talks: International Collaborations www.tinyurl.com/IERGFlash
Jewish ERG Monday, February 21, 2022General Meeting Please Email Catherine Garcia
or Leigh Rich for the zoom link
Young Professionals ERG Thursday, February 24, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM – General MeetingMeeting Link
Young Professionals ERG Tuesday, March 15, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM – General Meeting Meeting Link
Jewish ERG Monday, March 21, 2022General Meeting Please Email Catherine Garcia
or Leigh Rich for the zoom link
Young Professionals ERG Thursday, April 21, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM – General Meeting Meeting Link
Young Professionals ERG Tuesday, May 17, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM – General Meeting Meeting Link

Additional Information

In order to be recognized and supported (both administratively and financially) by the University, ERGs must (1) identify a minimum of ten eligible members, (2) complete the application, (3) develop a charter, and (4) have the required materials approved by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Human Resources.

Maintenance of ERG Status

ERGS must submit the annual renewal process via the Office of Inclusive Excellence website that begins in June of each year and is due by September 1st. 

Co-Chairs’ Terms of Office and Elections 

Each ERG will have at least two appointed or elected leadership chairs who will facilitate regular touchpoints with ERG members, guide ERG plans and activities, meet on a regular basis with the Council of ERG Leaders, liaise with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, be listed on the Office of Inclusive Excellence website as ERG contacts, and promote smooth leadership succession at the conclusion of each term. Please note that these chairs are different from the ERG organizers who submit the applications, but the people serving in the roles can be the same.

Additional optional leaders or officers may be appointed or elected at the discretion of the ERG, but efforts should be made towards the most democratic process possible based on ERG participation. 

ERG co-chairs will serve their term in their roles for two years and automatically be appointed to the Council of ERG Leaders. These leadership roles will be put into their positions by the members of the ERG by vote or the agreement of a majority of the members present at a meeting called for such a purpose. This agreement may also take place via electronic means. Each ERG may administer the appointment or election process as they see fit as long as the outcomes are communicated to the membership and reported to the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

  • It is recommended, but not necessary, to stagger terms to provide for some continuity in ERG leadership.

Last updated: 1/27/2022