Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

What are Employee Resource Groups?

ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that bring together employees who share common interests, backgrounds, and concerns. ERGs must be consistent with the university’s core values as a Catholic and Jesuit university, contribute to the professional and personal growth of its group members, and advance the university’s mission. ERGs cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment at Georgetown and provide employees with opportunities for networking and community-building.

Guiding Principles 

  • ERGs are open to all employees
  • ERG participation by employees is voluntary
  • ERGs promote diversity, openness, understanding, and inclusiveness
  • ERGs adhere to Georgetown University policies and procedures and the university’s guidelines for ERGs
  • ERGs are consistent with the  university’s mission and core values as a Catholic and Jesuit university

Establishing an ERG at Georgetown

Groups seeking to establish an ERG must submit a proposal for review by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) and Department of Human Resources (HR). To submit a proposal, please complete this application (new window) and review the sample charter template.

  • A designated senior leader who will sponsor the ERG
  • At least five current Georgetown University employees who indicated they will join the ERG as members
  • A mission that is consistent with the  university’s mission and core values as a Catholic and Jesuit university

Maintaining an ERG at Georgetown

To be eligible for continuing access to resources, groups must submit a brief annual report to IDEAA and HR by May 31 of each year detailing the events, programs, and related itemized expenditure from the previous year. The report should be sent to ideaa@georgetown.edu and must include a description of proposed programs and events for the coming year and an itemized proposed budget required to support them. Proposed programs and events should align with, and contribute to, the university’s mission and core values as a Catholic and Jesuit university.