Employee Resource Groups
OHSU seeks to attract, retain, and develop the best talent available, and create an environment that values diversity and inclusion. Our continued success depends on the diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds that our employees bring to OHSU. To help foster employee growth and development while meeting the needs of a more diverse employee workforce, OHSU supports the formation and ongoing success of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
What are ERGs?
ERGs are OHSU-sponsored and employee-managed groups, and are comprised of people from underrepresented backgrounds or who share a common background or similar interest, and include their allies. ERGs offer opportunities for employees to learn about and better appreciate others whose backgrounds may be different from their own, and whose goals and policies align with OHSU's diversity goals. ERGs provide opportunities for career development, social support, networking, mentoring and community participation, and help promote cultural awareness and employee engagement.
What groups are available, and how do I connect?
Ability Resource Group
The Disability ERG serves as a resource to bring individuals with disabilities together with their allies to create a safe place to voice concerns and to provide peer support. The group seeks to continuously improve accessibility at OHSU and to create a culture of inclusion. It is committed to advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities and to educate and nurture awareness of the strengths they bring to the OHSU community. To get involved, contact DERG co-chairs Lina Reiss or Matthew Millard.
The African American ERG, open to all faculty and staff, hosts networking and skill development events, with a specific emphasis on enhancing cultural competency and advancing diversity and inclusion. Contact Ramay Dansby, OHSU School of Dentistry.
Asian Pacific Islander
The Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group brings together diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities to highlight the variety of cultures that make up API communities. The group meets from 12-1pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated on the month of May every year. Anyone who is interested in connecting with API communities is welcome to all meetings and events. To connect, email Maileen Hamto, Center for Diversity & Inclusion.
The International Employee Resource Group (IERG) shares resources about adjusting to OHSU and the Pacific Northwest by connecting international employees , students and volunteers with OHSU services, community organizations, cultural events and diverse businesses. The IERG helps OHSU's international members to expand their social network and support each other in new cultural environments. To learn more, contact Riikka Salonen, Healthcare Human Resources.
Latinos Unidos Organization
The mission of the Latino Unidos Organization is to provide an opportunity for current OHSU employees, students and volunteers to connect and collaborate across the institution to feel welcomed and valued, in addition to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to promote diversity and inclusion activities, making visible the richness of diversity in the OHSU community. To learn more, contact Daisy Alva, Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Native American ERG
The mission of the Native American ERG exists to be a resource throughout OHSU and to community members interested in Native American culture, issues, and health. The Native American ERG uses its resources to provide educational outreach, spread awareness, and promote thoughtful discussion between its members and allies. The group supports American Indians and Alaska Natives to improve and maintain physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for all cultural traditions and to advocate for all Indian people by leveraging existing resources at OHSU, especially the most vulnerable members of our community. To learn more, contact Ga-lo Vann, Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
The mission of OHSU Pride is to foster an inclusive environment that promotes LGBTQ wellness, education, research and advocacy within and across OHSU and the community. To learn more, visit the Pride website or email OHSU Pride.
Interested in starting an ERG?
Please email the Center for Diversity and Inclusion