Staff Diversity Resources

Resources for Staff

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development.

About ERGs

Sometimes called “affinity groups” or “diversity groups,” ERGs support professional and personal development, contribute to the College’s social equity work, and build and strengthen employee networks.

ERGs are created and run by College employees and can be formed around common interests, bonds, or backgrounds. Some examples could be characteristics like national origin, gender, sexual orientation, working parents, veteran status, living with chronic illness, professional or academic interests, or caring for aging family members. All ERGs are open to all employees and participation is completely voluntary.

In general, employees can use work time, equipment, and space for ERG-related activities. ERGs are also able to support their group activities.

Request ERG funds.

How to Form an ERG

Employees who would like to form an ERG should complete the ERG application. To complete the application you will need:

  • ERG Name
  • ERG Chairperson
  • Names of at least 5 initiating members
  • Which Core Theme the ERG most closely supports
  • ERG Purpose Statement (See example 1 and example 2 from the Office of Financial Management)
  • ERG Goals

If you have questions or want help on any of these items, reach out to Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer.

After you submit your application, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will review it and provide preliminary approval. The Committee will then forward it to the college Executive Team for final review and approval.

How to Join an ERG

A complete list of ERGs will be listed soon.

If you are interested in joining an ERG, simply contact the ERG chairperson to be added to the group.

Additional ERG Resources

There is no right or wrong way to form or lead an ERG. Washington’s State Human Resources office has a page for Statewide Business Resource Groups which shares charters and other materials from similar groups that have been created statewide.

Committees and Councils

Student Engagement Advisory Council

The Student Engagement Advisory Council is a committed group of students, staff and faculty that gives support and recommendations to Student Life and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center (DEIC) to support on meaningful programming and engagement opportunities, particularly for students of color. 

Want to join the council? Fill out the application.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The DEI committee is part of our formal system of Council, Committees, and Taskforces. It includes members from throughout the institution and the role of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to:

1. Propose and review the colleges Equity Plan (two year plan) to the Executive Team.

2. Review and propose changes to college policy, procedures and outcomes to ensure equity and inclusion in all areas of the institution.

3. Evaluate and propose professional development that will improve the abilities of employees to work with all individuals attending the institution.

4. Review and recommend additions and changes to the colleges strategic and operational plans designed to ensure a continued focus and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

5. Develop and recommend strategies to support employee retention and belonging at SPSCC. 

View the most recent DEI Committee Workplan.

Diversity & Equity Work Plan

In an effort to close the achievement gap, dismantle racism, expand diversity, and belonging on our campus, our institution will be engaging in the outlined initiatives below. This work will leverage various structures and organizational units to achieve stated outcomes. View the Diversity & Equity Work Plan.

Request a Workshop

The Office of Diversity & Equity encourages you to include diversity assignments or programming into your syllabus or as part of your staff’s professional development plans. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how to assist in specific ways. We make every effort to accommodate all requests. Request a workshop.

Native Land Acknowledgement

South Puget Sound Community College sits on the traditional lands of the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes, which include Squaxin Island and Nisqually Indian tribes. The 1854 treaty ceding these lands is still in dispute. All who are not Salish peoples are visitors here. With this awareness, we pay respect to elders past and present of the Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes and all Native peoples.