Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups are voluntary, employee-initiated groups of University of Arkansas faculty and staff who share common interests, backgrounds, characteristics or pursuits.  Employee Resource Groups are formed to assist the University in accomplishing its mission of teaching, research and service by strengthening diversity, fostering community and improving retention of students, faculty and staff.  Establishing a diverse, supportive community in which to work and learn is critical in preparing students to participate in an increasingly global economy, and enhances the University’s ability to develop new knowledge and provide effective service throughout Arkansas and the world.

Duties and Operating Guidelines:

  1. Assist in the recruitment and/or retention of faculty and staff upon the request of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community or other University officials
  2. Assist in the recruitment and/or retention of students upon the request of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community or other University officials
  3. Support the professional development of group members through such efforts as mentoring and roundtable discussions
  4. Provide group members with social activities that foster community building and positive experiences
  5. Provide an annual report of activities relative to accomplishing the group’s goals (the report shall document active members and include a detailed budget report)
  6. Each group’s leadership shall meet quarterly with the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community or his or her designee and provide a summary of activities
  7. Resource groups shall be open to any employee who shares the goals and objectives of the group
  8. Resource groups shall not negotiate or act as a representative of any group member in an advocacy role with administrators or the University
  9. Consideration of new groups for enrollment shall occur annually at a time specified by the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community
  10. Resource groups may be discontinued at any time, including but not limited to, based on lack of funds, lack of participation, or lack of effectiveness in meeting institutional objectives