ERG members create a positive work environment at MIT by actively contributing to the Institute's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion, such as recruitment and retention. All of MIT's ERGs are open to any employee.
The Importance of ERGs
Read this article from Color Magazine that quotes MIT's own Alyce Johnson about our campus ERGs.
ERGs are one example of the variety of MIT-sponsored activities that all staff, including support staff, are encouraged to attend. Participation in these kinds of activities may provide long-term business benefits for MIT and professional and personal development for the participants. Participation in ERGs also contributes to a strong sense of “one community” at MIT.
HR is pleased to sponsor six Employee Resource Groups (with a seventh on its way). See a list of current ERGs and information about forming ERGs at MIT. You can also read the Report on the ERG Pilot Year (below).
Purposes of ERGs
- They create an open forum for staff who share common interests/concerns to meet and support one another in creatively addressing those concerns and
- They provide a resource to MIT leadership regarding staff/community issues, needs and policies
- They advance a respectful and caring community
Guiding Principles for ERGs
- All ERGs are open to all employees
- ERGs promote diversity, openness, understanding and inclusiveness
- ERG participation by employees is voluntary
- ERGs adhere to MIT's policies and procedures
- ERGs strive to provide long-term business benefit to the Institute as well as professional/personal benefit to participants
Benefits of ERGs at MIT
ERGs help to create an inclusive workplace by:
- Serving as a vehicle for leveraging MIT's distributed leadership model
- Contributing to an inclusive workplace through recruiting and retention, and by providing an informal welcome to new employees and networking and mentoring opportunities for their members
- Creating an open forum for staff who share common interests/concerns to meet and support one another
- Providing a resource to MIT leadership regarding staff/community issues, needs, and policies
A Look at ERG Activities
Recent ERG activities have included:
- Workshops on personal branding
- Happy hour or morning coffee get-togethers
- Tours of the MIT Music Library and Information Systems and Technology department (including discussion of IT career possibilities)
- Brown-bag lunches on topics such as performance appraisal and career development
- A discussion with the Dean of MIT's Graduate School about her experiences as an MIT professor and as the Dean for Graduate Education.
- "Speed Networking Primer," an introduction to different career tracks at MIT
- "Lessons Learned and Insights Gained: A Discussion of Diversity, Excellence and Institutional Knowledge," a career panel discussion. See some of the Lessons Learned (below)
- Celebration at Boston Pride, including marching in the annual parade
ERG Higher Ed Conference
In 2015, MIT hosted the first-of-its kind Employee Resources Group higher ed conference. Watch the video to find out more!