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Employee Resource Groups

What are Campus Life Employee Resource Groups?

CLERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. CLERGs enable Campus Life employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. 

How do I join a CLERG?

Contact the CLERG chair(s).

Why are CLERGs important?

CLERGs are valuable resources that enhance employee recruitment, engagement, development, performance and retention. Grounded in all of Campus Life’s strategic values, CLERGS support Campus Life’s vision of catalyzing a distinctive, caring, inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, polycultural, and socially just community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and visitors who imagine and lead positive transformation in the world. They provide important sources of support, mentorship, leadership and education, while offering safe spaces to openly exchange ideas, address concerns and seek creative solutions.  In addition, they promote connection among employees throughout Emory Campus Life.

Emory Campus Life and Emory University benefit from learning about employee/community needs communicated via CLERG members, leading to increased collaboration “for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action.” Each CLERG will receive a $250 budget annually for educational programming and other events.

Examples of Types of CLERGs

  • Identity Based (e.g. Age/Generation, Race, Sexual Identity, Disability)
  • Life Changes (e.g. New Parents, New Professionals)
  • Issues/Education Based (e.g. Supporting Students of Color, Technology)

Who can join Emory CLERGs?

CLERGs are open to all Campus Life staff.  CLERGs will not discriminate in membership or participation on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.

What are the responsibilities of a CLERG?

Each CLERG must

  • Have a chair or co-chairs.
  • Meet a minimum of 4 times a year, host at least 2 educational programs per year for all of ECL, and identify at least one project to enhance Professional Excellence through the strategic plan. Please send information about educational programs at least 4 weeks in advance to dona.yarbrough@emory.edu so your programs can be included in Professional Development Events emails to all staff. 
  • Demonstrate active membership of at least 5 employees. 
  • Keep HR and Learning & Innovation informed of any mission or leadership changes.
  • Submit by October 1 an annual report using the template provided.  

How do I establish a new CLERG?

Emory Campus Life Human Resources and Learning & Innovation will provide support to create a new CLERG. Below you will find basic guidelines for forming a successful and sustainable CLERG. 

  1. Work with the Human Resources Manager and Senior Director of Learning and Innovation to complete the CLERG Application Part 1.
  2. At the interest meeting and any follow-up meetings, discuss the following:
    1. Name, mission, goals, and population of the CLERG. Revise as needed.
    2. Selection process for CLERG leadership.
    3. Frequency and duration of future meetings.
    4. Methods of communication (e.g. listserv, Emory Bubble, Facebook).
    5. Ask attendees to sign up as members.
    6. Select a CLERG chair or co-chairs (no more than 2).

3. Once finalized, complete the CLERG Application Part 2.

4. Once application is approved, start working on your goals!