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Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s)


Fall 2019 SDSU Employee Resource Groups

SDSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi (APID) Women’s Affinity Group

SDSU Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Women’s Affinity Group As members of the SDSU AAPI Women’s Affinity Group, we seek to establish a dynamic and powerful presence at the university by increasing our visibility and our voice. To that end, we aim to create a supportive community in which we dialogue and engage about issues of identity, perspective, power, and privilege so that we can build a diverse, inclusive, engaging, intellectual, and social learning environment for all.

For more information or to join contact: Virginia Loh-Hagan <[email protected]>

SDSU Black Faculty Staff Association

The Black Faculty & Staff Association provides Black employees the opportunity to connect, share experiences and expertise, and promote professional development. Through programs and events, BFSA strives to promote cultural awareness in support of the University’s diversity efforts. The mission of this organization is to be a visible and viable agency dedicated to promoting and enhancing identity, sense of community, professional welfare and development among Black faculty, staff and students of San Diego State University.

For more information or to join contact: Chris Turntine <[email protected]>,

SDSU Black Women in Academia (BWA)

In efforts to build a community around issues that are central to Black women at San Diego State University, Black Women in Academia (BWA) affords opportunities for Black women around campus to discuss and support each other on issues regarding work (both administrative and academic), promotion, service, teaching, and how those issues intersect with their socio-emotional well-being on campus and in the greater San Diego community. In addition, we look forward to collaborating with other ERGs and academic organizations to meet the goals of the university.

For more information or to join contact: Estella Chizhik <[email protected]>

SDSU BAYANIHAN, Filipino American Faculty and Staff Association

The San Diego State University Filipino-American Faculty and Staff Association is open to all SDSU faculty and staff interested in celebrating Filipino-American culture. Our aim is to contribute to the growing diversity of our SDSU community by increasing awareness, education, and promotion of Fil-Am culture.

For more information or to join contact: Michael Juan <[email protected]>

SDSU First-Gen Faculty Staff Association

First-generation faculty/staff are critically important in advancing the success of our First-Gen student community. We bring together SDSU leaders and practitioners who actively seek avenues to support each other’s professional advancement while best meeting our first-generation students’ specific needs. The First-Generation Faculty/Staff Association builds community among campus leaders and provides spaces for scholarly discussion, information sharing, networking, and program development.

For more information or to join contact: Michelle Lopez <[email protected]>

SDSU Military and Veterans Faculty and Staff Association (Mil-Vet)

The Mil-Vet ERG aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment at SDSU for individuals who have a direct military and/or veteran connection.

For more information or to join contact: Todd Kennedy <[email protected]>

SDSU Ability/Disability ERG

The Ability/Disability Employee Resource Group serves to foster an inclusive, open campus community, advancing equity for disabled faculty, staff, and allied people. The Ability/Disability ERG is dedicated to empowering disabled faculty and staff by ensuring that they have access to appropriate support and services that minimize employment barriers. To further this mission, the Ability/Disability ERG is committed to the following:

  • Promoting self-advocacy for disabled faculty and staff.
  • Building a community of support for and promoting the visibility of disabled faculty and staff.
  • Working collaboratively with the SDSU campus community to increase disability awareness.

For more information or join to contact: Daniel Reinholz <[email protected]>

SDSU Latina Network

The SDSU Latina Network shares and celebrates our diverse Latina heritage with our campus community by: advocating for the educational advancement of Latina students and other underrepresented student populations; empowering Latinas through a supportive network of role models and mentors; providing networking opportunities for SDSU Latina faculty and staff; and offering scholarships for first-generation SDSU students with demonstrated financial need.

For more information or to join contact: Rosa Elena Moreno <[email protected]>

SDSU LatinX, ChicanX & Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association (LCHFSA)

In the spirit of inclusion, LatinX, ChicanX & Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association welcomes individuals from our shared identities and all interested allies in hopes of cultivating relationships with the local community and fostering an environment of inclusion for faculty and staff at SDSU while promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity among the workforce.

For more information or to join contact: Marisa Reynoso <[email protected]>


SDSU Native American and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association

The Native American and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association (NAIFSA) is a group focused on fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at San Diego State University for individuals who identify as Native American/indigenous. We are dedicated to communicating an understanding of the experiences of Native American and indigenous faculty, staff, and students, and facilitating awareness, education, and respect for their unique histories, cultures, and perspectives in order to create an environment in which the NAI community may thrive and prosper.

For more information or to join contact: Jennifer Rikard <[email protected]>

Pride ERG

The San Diego State University PRIDE Employee Resource Group serves to foster an inclusive, open campus community, advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allied people

For more information or to join contact: Courtney Harmon  <[email protected]>


SDSU Women in Business Academia (WBA)

WBA is a volunteer led group of faculty and staff at SDSU interested in supporting the well-being and advancement of women in business academia. WBA addresses the unique issues that women in business academia face, issues that impact their careers, families, and communities. WBA is a place to find inspiration, build friendships, and find support to thrive at SDSU.

For more information or to join contact: Paula Peter <[email protected]>

Christian Community ERG (CCERG)

The CCERG hopes to foster a welcoming and inclusive envrionment at SDSU for individuals interested in issues facing the Christian community.

For more information or to join contact: Karen Whitley  <[email protected] >

If you'd like to express interest in learning more about any of these groups contact the person listed above or fill out this short form:

Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s)


Thank you for your interest in seeking official recognition of an employee resource group from the Division of Diversity and Innovation. The DDI operates under the guidance of the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion with the goal of connecting SDSU faculty and staff with individuals who share common interests or backgrounds.

ERG’s are designed to build an inclusive environment for SDSU employees from various employment groups, with particular attention to employees from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. Examples of ERGs on other campuses include the Latinx Faculty Staff Association; the Black/African American Faculty Staff Association; The Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association; The Pride Faculty Staff Association; The First Generation College Student Faculty and Staff Association, among others. ERG’s serve to advance the university’s diversity and inclusion agenda through Diversity and Innovation goals.

ERG’s are established and operated by employees with modest support from the Office of the President. To receive support, all ERG’s must have:

  • A Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary
  • A roster listing at least 20 members who actively participate in ERG meetings.* ERGs are strongly encouraged to have representation from both faculty and staff.
  • Have bylaws with a plan of rotating leadership between SDSU faculty and staff (if applicable)**
  • An approved annual plan detailing how ERG efforts will support the primary objectives of the Division of Diversity and Innovation.
  • NEW: Continuing ERGs applying for renewal must also provide a narrative summary describing their events and activities for the past year, as well as descriptions of how the group and their activities have served their mission and goals.

* We will work with any groups worried about the membership requirement to ensure they are not prohibited from participating.

**Please note that your respective bargaining units are the sole bargaining agents for employees, including on terms and conditions of employment.

***The purpose of requiring bylaws is so that applicants have a mechanism to share with us how they operate. Applicant organizations are free to write bylaws that are appropriate for them, in whatever format they see fit. (the attached is merely a sample to be helpful)

In addition, ERG leaders must agree to participate in an ERG orientation and in periodic cross-ERG meetings and events. DDI reserves the right to approve and continue recognition of ERG’s based on existing resources, level of participation, and adherence to SDSU policies and procedures. Please note: The ERGs are not bargaining agents for any units, including on terms and conditions of employment, or act in any official capacity for the University. Please complete the application by 11:59PM September 9th to begin the process of establishing or reaffirming an ERG.


Diversity & Innovation Goals

  • recruitment of faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse students and communities served by SDSU;
  • fostering an environment of inclusion for faculty and staff from underrepresented groups;
  • enhancing the career pathways of faculty and staff from underrepresented groups;
  • bolstering the pipeline of diverse students through the pathways of higher education; and
  • cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.

ERG Application

Sample Bylaws

Frequently Asked Questions