Employee Resource Groups

Statement from the Employee Resource Group Council 
(6/8/2020)

We, the Employee Resource Group Council, stand in solidarity and support of the Black and Brown communities today, and every day.

We cannot be true to the values of Harvard's mission and commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment, without also caring for Black lives. We cannot represent women, without standing up for Black women. We cannot talk about queer identities, without standing up for Black queer lives. 

The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and more members of the Black community are vicious reminders that as a nation we are still stuck in the mires of deep and historical structures of racism. Their lives, and the lives of all Black people taken by violence, mattered. 

As representatives of faculty, staff, and student populations the Employee Resource Groups cannot function without acknowledging how our Black colleagues are hurting and grieving and our complicity in the systems that perpetuate injustice.  Our Allyship with the Black community is not just symbolic, not only with our words. It is a moral imperative, and we reaffirm our commitment to actively address ways to dismantle systems of oppression. 

Employee Resource Groups were founded on the belief that community action has the power to change the status quo for all historically underrepresented groups. We will continue to partner with members of the university to develop infrastructure that will mitigate biases and bring systemic change. 

All of us together stand for this promise.

Employee Resource Group Council Members 

Chair:
 Michelle Gordon-Seemore
Operations: Kaycee Alexander, Roberto Martinez 

The Association of Black Faculty, Administrators, and Fellows (ABFAF) 
Andrea Kelton-Harris 
Naomie Dorilas 
Pamela Mason 

Harvard Association of Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff (AHAAAFS) 
Kimberly Truong 
Varsha Ghosh 

The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff (AHLFS) 
Jacobo Negron 
Dominique Bocanegra 

The Association of LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff (QERG) 
Sheehan Scarborough 
Sonia David 

Committee on the Concerns of Women (CCW) 
Surabhi Chatterjee 
Colleen Silva-Hayden 

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Harvard University's Employee Resource Groups strive to promote equal opportunity, awareness and understanding of our rich and diverse community that comprise the staff, students and faculty along with networking and social opportunities for employees. Please visit the links below for information on membership, events and more!

 

The Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows (ABFAF) strives to support and advocate for the University's Black community. ABFAF provide a means of communication, interaction and counseling for members through seminars, discussion groups, and social gatherings.

The Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff (AHAAAFS) provides opportunities for networking, career development, awareness, and support for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander faculty and staff. It also serves as a resource for the larger Asian and Asian American community at Harvard.

The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff (AHLFS) promotes, supports and advances the needs and goals of Latinx faculty and staff at Harvard University. Open to all faculty, administrators, fellows, and staff at all levels employed at Harvard and its affiliates.

The LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group (QERG) works to ensure that Harvard is a welcoming and inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The QERG serves as a visible, accessible resource for LGBTQ employees and provides recruitment, networking and career development opportunities.

The Committee on Concerns of Women (CCW) is a University-wide group jointly sponsored by the Harvard Human Resources and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. To learn more, email ccw@harvard.edu. Subscribe to the CCW Newsletter here