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Staff Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)/Affinity Groups

Employee Resource Groups/Affinity Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organizations they serve.

They are usually led and participated in by employees who share a characteristic, whether it's gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, lifestyle, or interest. The groups exist to provide support and help in personal or career development and to create a brave space where employees can bring their whole selves to the table. Allies may also be invited to join the ERG/Affinity Group to support their colleagues.

These groups create a welcoming, affirming, and inclusive environment for all staff employees through networking, mentoring, advocacy, professional development, and social gatherings. ERGs/Affinity Groups will be housed within the SCU Staff Senate. All staff employees who have membership in the Staff Assembly* are eligible to participate in an ERG/Affinity Group in which they self-identify.

The immediate goals of ERGs/Affinity Groups at SCU are to:

  1. Help marginalized groups and remote workers feel connected through a shared identity or interest. 
  2. Bring employees together in a brave place where conversations can flow freely and everyone can feel comfortable sharing their experience. 

If there is an identity that is not captured by the current slate of ERGs, submit your idea to the Staff Senate President Joanna Thompson at jlthompson@scu.edu.

*The membership of the Staff Assembly shall consist of all Santa Clara University employees whose primary purpose is staff rather than faculty or student and who are not represented by a collective bargaining unit. (Staff Senate Bylaws, Article II)

 

Due to COVID-19, all events will be held virtually until further notice.

  • The purpose of the Black/African-American ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for Black/African-American staff.
  • Co-Chairs: Eli Latimerlo, Director of Development the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Ellen Potts Jahanian, Associate Director of Development 
  • The purpose of the Indigenous/Native American ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for Indigenous/Native American staff.
  • Chair: Kathy Kale, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
  • The purpose of the Latinx ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for Latinx staff. This is our "Carne Asada," the "Tamalisa," the "Comadre, Compadre Time" to share en confianza the needs of our community as we aspire to abrir brecha or caminos for those that will join, are with, and will continue at SCU. We look forward to meeting you.  

  • Co-Chairs: Amanda Chavez, Off Campus Area Coordinator for Off Campus Living (OCL), Office of Student Life (OSL), and Lorenzo Gamboa, Senior Associate Director of Undergradute Admission

  • The purpose of the APISA ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for Asian Pacific Islander and South Asian staff.
  • Co-Chairs: Tim Leyson, Associate Director for Residence Life, and Ryan Mendoza, Administrative Associate, Jesuit Community
  • The purpose of the MENA ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for Middle Eastern and North African staff.
  • The purpose of the Rainbow Alliance ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring/co-mentoring and advocacy for LGBTQ+ staff. We also support the greater SCU community as a resource pertaining to issues that impact the LGBTQ+ community

  • Chair: Byron Howlett, Assistant Dean for Student Life
  • The purpose of the People of Faith ERG at SCU is to foster community by providing a welcome space of support, networking, mentoring and advocacy for staff who would like to share their faith with one another in fellowship.
  • Chair: Carly Lynch, Campus Minister, Religious Diversity
Interested in Joining?
If you are interested in joining or would like to submit an idea for a new staff ERG, please click the button below and complete the form.