Glossary and Resources

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The Minnesota State Office of Equity & Inclusion is supporting the creation of ERGs across Minnesota State to provide employees with an enhanced sense of community, support opportunities to network with peers, to gain a stronger sense of belonging, and to experience mentorship opportunities. Moving forward, our office will provide the support and guidance necessary to ensure ERGs are able to meet the needs of our vibrant and increasingly diverse workforce.

Current statewide ERGs which are available include:

  • Employees of Color ERG
  • Womxn in Higher Education ERG
  • Indigenous Men and Men of Color Workgroup

Benefits of Participating in ERGs

ERGs provide a space for employees to gather and work collaboratively toward common goals. These groups often co-sponsor events for professional development for employees of color or other underrepresented groups, including bringing in speakers, conducting trainings, and delivering workshops. The ERGs also can provide less structured opportunities for employee socialization and engagement. It’s critical to allow the ERG to decide its focus while adhering to the organization’s principles, and mission for equity and inclusion.

Campus ERGs versus Minnesota State ERGs

Some campuses across Minnesota State already have ERGs in place, so you may be wondering how the statewide ERGs are different. The Minnesota State ERGs are not meant to take the place of individual groups which may already exist on any particular campus. Some campuses, however, do not have enough employees to form a group or they may have a limited number of groups available to participate in. Participation in ERGs is completely voluntary and employees can choose to participate in any campus or statewide group, or consider forming their own group consistent with the parameters contained within the ERG Guidelines.

Participating in or Forming a Minnesota State ERG

The Minnesota State Office of Equity and Inclusion has approved statewide Employee Resource Groups that can form under any one of the following identities/backgrounds:

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Veteran Status
  • Disability Communities
  • Generational (i.e. millenials, young professionals, etc.)

If you would like to sign up to participate in an Employee Resource Group, please fill out the following SURVEY. For information on forming a statewide ERG, please reference the below ERG guidelines.

Employee Resource Group Guidelines

ERG Toolkit

 This toolkit is intended as a resource for ERGs to utilize to support their formation and mission.

ERG Poster

Employee Resource Group Poster

Universal Design for Learning Resources


Peer-reviewed articles and books:

  • Block, L. (2006). Universal Design in Higher Education (Special issue). Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 19(2).
  • Burgstahler, S.E., & Cory, R.C. (2008). Universal design in higher education: From principles to practice. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press
  • Funckes, C., & Kroeger, S. (2003). Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education: Moving Beyond the Built Environment. Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability, 16(2), 78-89.
  • Gradel, K. and Edson, A. J. (2010). Putting Universal Design for Learning on the higher ed agenda. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 38(2).
  • Higbee, J.L. (ed.) (2003). Curriculum transformation and disability: Implementing universal design in higher education. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Roberts, K.D. et al. (2011). Universal Design for Instruction in postsecondary education: A systematic review of empirically based articles. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 24(1).
  • Rose, D. H. & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the digital age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
  • Rowland, C., et al. (2010). Universal design for the digital environment: Transforming the institution. Educause Review Online, 45(6).
  • Schelley, C.L., et al. (2011). Student perceptions of faculty implementation of Universal Design for Learning. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 24(1).
  • Williams, G. (2010). Academic Resources and Universal Design. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Online Tutorials:


The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities presents a new documentary, Hadamar: The Forgotten Holocaust, detailing Hitler's extermination of people with disabilities

On September 1, 1939, World War II began with the German invasion of Poland. On September 1, 2020, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is releasing a new documentary entitled, Hadamar: The Forgotten Holocaust. This documentary focuses on Adolph Hitler's order to kill hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities in order to create a master race.  Deaths occurred in various hospitals including Hadamar. We gratefully acknowledge Dave Reynolds from Spokane, Washington who generously provided us with his lecture notes and PowerPoint, and to Tim Lewis from Mastcom for converting that lecture into a 16 minute documentary.