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Support for equity-seeking employee groups

Queen’s provides funds for Employee Resource Groups working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Queen’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are able to apply for new funds designed to help build and support communities for equity-seeking groups on campus. The Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), together with Human Resources and the Human Rights and Equity Office, are accepting applications from ERGs to provide up to $1,000 per fiscal year to bolster their activities.

“Queen’s employee resource groups help to bring faculty and staff together from across the university to build connections and a sense of belonging," says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “My hope is that this new funding will allow these important networks to grow and expand their activities.”

Both new and existing ERGs are eligible for funding, so long as they work to advance the interests of equity-seeking groups, and if they are sponsored by a faculty or administrative unit. Examples of existing ERGs include the Queen’s Women’s Network and Women in Science at Queen’s.

“When I first started at Queen’s, ERGs were not common," says Sarah Bunting, Academic Advisor, Faculty of Arts and Science. “As a cis-woman who identifies as queer and disabled, I was craving a community where I could connect on a more personal level with people. As part of the Queen’s Women’s Network, I was able to meet colleagues from across the university, and participate in workshops and a mentorship program, which have been instrumental in helping me find my path at Queen’s. ERGs have enriched my experience, both personally and professionally, and provided me with an avenue to give back to the campus community, which is important to me.”

Bunting is also working with staff and faculty across the university on the relaunch of the Queen’s University Association of Queer Employees (QUAQE).

For more information on ERGs, their roles and responsibilities, and to apply for funding visit the Employee Resource Groups webpage.