Employee Resource Group (ERG) and Affinity Group/Network are terms often used interchangeably. At MIT we mean different things for each term.
- ERGs are groups that are formally constituted with mission statements and officers, and are expected to contribute to the mission of the Institute
- Affinity Groups are self-organized, informal networks of MIT employees with common identities or interests
What are the benefits of having 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, as well as 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
African, Black, American, Caribbean @MIT (ABAC@MIT) ERG
ABAC@MIT strives to promote an environment that fosters and promotes the productivity and creativity of all its employees. Its goal is to increase awareness of cultural differences within the ABAC@MIT community and the MIT community at large. The group seeks to create a welcoming environment to help employees feel supported and have a "home base" to help foster trust and inclusiveness on the MIT campus.
Co-leads: Gabrielle Brewington - Research Lab for Electronics (firstname.lastname@example.org); Cheryl Charles - Research Lab for Electronics (email@example.com); Suzette Clinton - Vice President for Finance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Asian Pacific American ERG
The mission of the MIT Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group is to develop networking, professional development, mentoring and leadership opportunities with a focus on the recruitment, retention, learning and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans at MIT.
Co-leads: Taeminn Song - Information Services & Technology (Taeminn@mit.edu); Michelle Baildon - Libraries (Baildon@mit.edu)
The mission of the Hispanic/Latino ERG is to develop a network of employees and promote the cultural diversity and professional development of its members, thereby creating a supportive environment for the Latino/Hispanic community and contributing to the success of MIT's mission.
Co-leads: Gilbert Cordova - Materials Processing Center (email@example.com); Maria Barrios - Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information, contact the co-leads of any pilot ERG or Alyce Johnson, manager of staff diversity and inclusion: email@example.com; or Judith Stein, Human Resources ERG coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on ERGs at Lincoln Lab, contact Bill Kindred at 781-981-5380, or email: email@example.com.