Employee Resource Groups

OHSU seeks to attract, retain,  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 all our employees bring to OHSU. To help foster growth and development while meeting the needs of a more diverse workforce, OHSU supports the formation and ongoing success of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

What are Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups are OHSU-sponsored and employee-managed groups. They comprise of faculty and staff from underrepresented backgrounds or who share a common background or similar interest and their allies. ERGs offer opportunities for everyone to learn about and appreciate each other. ERGs provide opportunities for career development, social support, networking, mentoring, community participation, cultural awareness and employee engagement.

What Groups are Available

The Ability Resource Group 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 ability@ohsu.edu. OHSU employees can view the Ability Resource Group page

The Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group (API ERG) provides opportunities for the OHSU API community and their supporters to create awareness and further develop healthcare cultural competency among OHSU students, faculty, researchers, clinicians and staff. The API ERG creates and preserves an inclusive space to build and strengthen a Pan-Asian/Pacific Islander identity, and advocate for the diverse needs of API communities. To connect, email api@ohsu.edu or connect on Facebook. OHSU employees can view the API ERG page.

The Black 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. To get in volved, email blackerg@ohsu.edu. OHSU can view the Black ERG page.

The mission of the Culturas Unidas Employee Resource Group is to provide an opportunity for current OHSU employees and students who identify as Latinos/a/x or Hispanic to connect and collaborate.  Allies are also welcomed and valued, when bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to promote diversity and inclusion in the OHSU community. To learn more and get added to our newsletter listserv, contact culturasunidas@ohsu.edu. You can also get updates from us on our teams page located here.  

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, email ierg@ohsu.edu. OHSU employees can view the International ERG page

Mission
To support OHSU's growth and success locally and globally, bridge OHSU and Middle Eastern and North African cultures and communities and empower members through development and opportunities while fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion at OHSU.

Vision
We embrace and celebrate the tapestry of our rich Middle Eastern and North African cultures. By recognizing our collective diversity of experiences, the MENA ERG empowers a greater sense of community and visibility. Through networking and connections, we create a space for learning and belonging. Ultimately, we raise cultural awareness, create mentorship opportunities and advocate for advancement of MENA identifying employees at OHSU.

Please contact meerg@ohsu.edu for more information.

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 OHSU Pride's internal webpage (login required) or email OHSU Pride.

The Older Employee Resource Group is focused on helping older employees manage their careers and lives healthfully, positively and productively while celebrating every stage of life. The group offers a welcoming space for employees and volunteers of all ages to network and to share perspectives, interests, insights and support – and it aims to promote understanding and respect among people of all generations. To learn more or to sign up, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

This is an emerging resource group for service people—active, retired, reserves, students and family members or friends of veterans are all welcome. Meetings provide an opportunity to meet other veterans and their supporters and learn how this ERG can be beneficial to veterans and the OHSU community. Email verg@ohsu.edu for more information.

The Women's ERG hosts women-focused events, meetings, networking opportunities, discussions, social gatherings and presentations. It is open to all faculty, administration, students and staff. To learn more, email women@ohsu.edu or connect on Facebook. OHSU employees and students can also visit the WERG page.