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Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who join together based on common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors such as gender, race or ethnicity. The following employee resource groups are available at Oakland University:

AAPI Employee Resource Group

Mission Statement

The AAPI Employee Resource Group is a staff- and faculty-driven collective dedicated to supporting and advocating on behalf of all Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander employees at Oakland University (OU).

AAPI Member Resources

Black Employee Resource Group (BERG)

The mission of the Black Employee Resource Group is to provide resources which lead to personal and professional development, retention and career advancement for Oakland University Black faculty and staff.

BERG Member Resources

International Employee Resource Group (IERG)

IERG is a member-driven organization which started in Fall 2012 semester officially.

IERG's Mission

  • To reach out to all foreign employees at OU,
  • To create a knowledge and resource pool from our experiences regarding unique challenges foreign employees face at OU,
  • To provide support for various communities at OU including international students and scholars,
  • To create culturally diverse campus environment, and
  • To provide a forum for socialization for new and continuing foreign employees at OU.

IERG Executive Committee Members:

Tamas Horvath, President

Ngong Kodiah Beyeh

Felicita Carmichael

Sungeun Kim

Chiaoning Su

Latinx Employee Resource Group

It is the mission of the Latinx Employee Resource Group to provide personal and professional resources for the recruitment, retention, and success of Oakland University’s Latinx faculty, staff, and students. For more information, please email Professor Rebecca Mercado Jones at

LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group

The Oakland University LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group serves to foster an inclusive, open campus community, advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied people. The LGBTQIA ERG consists of LGBTQI individuals and allies interested in LGBTQIA issues for employees (administrators, staff, and faculty) at Oakland University.

Established in 2004, LGBTQIA ERG is one of the more active ERGs on campus. We invite all OU faculty and staff who support our mission of achieving equality, inclusion and visibility for the LGBTQIA community to join us.

LGBTQIA ERG Member Resources

Women Employee Resource Group (WERG)

The mission of WERG is to provide professional and personal development opportunities for< women employees of Oakland University. WERG will also serve as an advocate for Oakland University women in regard to issues that impact them, at large, as employees.

Our Purpose and Goals

  • To provide programs, events, activities, and other opportunities for professional and personal development for all OU women employees.
  • To foster a climate of diversity and inclusion.
  • To provide opportunities for open communication between represented and non-presented employee groups and the administration, affording OU women employees to feel safe and empowered to voice opinions and concerns.
  • To increase participation and membership in WERG.

Women of OU Scholarship Opportunities

WERG is proud to support the three Women of OU scholarship opportunities: Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship; Carol Kirken Endowed Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students; and the Jim and Irene Shields Non-Traditional Student Scholarship. Give Now!

General WERG Meeting Information

WERG large group meetings are held every other month, and are open to all to attend. These sessions typically feature a guest speaker and focus on a topic or theme relevant for the semester and WERG members.

The WERG small groups offer sessions focusing on topics and themes relevant to the focus of the group. These sessions can vary and include guest speakers, interactive activity sessions, as well as off campus and weekend offerings.

All WERG meetings and sessions are open to any interested individuals who would like to attend.

WERG Member Resources