How Can We Harness the Power of ERGs at Harvard?


Monday, September 21, 2020, 3:30pm



Employee resource groups in higher education are groups formed based on a shared identity or experience with a focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. These groups create a space on campus for marginalized communities to voice their concerns, develop their own leadership skills, and drive change to foster an inclusive environment on campus. Because ERGs are managed by volunteers and not always well supported or understood, a common challenge is that these groups may not be appropriately recognized for their important work. This can lead to a perception that ERGs have limited impact on systemic change. This panel will highlight the work that ERG leaders are doing across Harvard, identify their successes, barriers, and challenges, and explore how ERGs can work in collaboration to advance DEI at Harvard.


Angel Velarde (Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff)
Erich Manser (Disability+ Affinity Group)
Viv Siless (Women in Science Group at Martinos Center, Harvard Medical School)
Donna Tremonte (Harvard Women in Tech + Allies)


If you or a guest with disabilities have questions about access or anticipate needing accommodations, email in advance of the meeting. Closed Captioning available upon request.

See also: WIT+