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UC employee resource groups to host unconference and mixer

The University of Cincinnati will hold its second annual Employee Resource Group Unconference & Mixer Tuesday, Dec. 10. The event highlights and celebrates the growing number of employee resource groups (ERG) at UC through group presentations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with others.

“An ERG is a really great resource, especially for members of marginalized groups, to find a place of belonging, support, and professional development on campus,” says Kea Hardy, founder of the Advisors of Color employee resource group and organizer of the ERG Unconference & Mixer.

ERGs are common practice in virtually all sectors, from corporations to higher education. While most groups center on racial, gender and sexual identity, ERGs have the potential to connect people across other identities, such as national origin, parental status, and disability. 

People sitting at tables at presentation in banquet room.

“Our hope with the ERG Unconference and Mixer is to inspire members of other identities to start their own groups and create networks across UC,” Hardy said.

This year’s event will have a table with ERG members, who will be available to answer questions from attendees interested in starting their own ERG.

“The event,” Hardy added, “is also a great opportunity for majority coworkers to show up and provide support and ally-ship to coworkers who are members of an ERG.”

ERGs represented this year include Advisors of Color; African American & Black Male Staff affinity group; Black Faculty Association; Latino Faculty Association; LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association; and UC Black Women on the Move.

The unconference starts at 2 p.m. with opening remarks by Bleuzette Marshall, VP for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact, and is followed by a mixer. The event will take place in TUC 400ABC; all faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend.