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 offices will provide the support and guidance necessary to ensure ERGs are able to meet the needs of our vibrant and increasingly diverse workforce. This effort was launched in July, 2020 and is ongoing.

Current statewide ERGs which are available include:

  • Employees of Color ERG
  • LGBTQIA+ ERG
  • Womxn in Higher Education ERG

If you would like to sign up to participate in an Employee Resource Group, please fill out the following SURVEY.

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.