Employee Affinity Groups (EAGs) provide Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) employees opportunities to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their professional development and work. EAGs foster employee development, contribute to LWTech’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and challenge systems of power, privilege, and inequity. Additionally, EAGs strengthen professional networking and cohesiveness across the college and promote career and professional development.
EAGs are a valuable resource to LWTech. EAGs may provide feedback to managers and executive leaders and assist with efforts to attract and retain highly qualified LWTech employment candidates. Due to benefits to the workplace and contribution to the College's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, approved EAGs are welcomed and given access to the resources listed in this policy.
Employee Affinity Groups are employee-formed and employee-led. Employee Affinity Groups must:
Employees must articulate how the group’s formation relates to professional development or employee retention.
Informal mentoring may occur to enhance employee professional development, assisting with career success. Mentors might also provide informal training at EAG meetings or, more formally, will work with Human Resources or the Engagement and Learning committee to participate in or offer more formal institution-wide training.
By meeting and talking about professional development and career goals, EAG members may find they would like to suggest organizational improvements. EAGs are encouraged to submit organizational improvements through the college’s Councils, or by contacting a member of the Executive Cabinet or other manager.
EAGs are welcomed by the College but are not supervised. Membership and roles within EAGs are voluntary and decided upon by the group. Their meetings and other efforts positively affect the work environment and contribute to college core values and mission fulfilment. They also help recruit and retain a high quality, highly skilled workforce by providing employees with the skills, knowledge, and tools to enhance work performance.
LWTech has determined that EAG meetings, informal mentoring, and training activities enhance employee professional development, contribute to one’s professional role in the College, and are related to several college organizational goals. Aligned with State Ethics rules, EAGs are authorized to make use of the following State resources for the listed purposes:
The college anticipates that some EAG members will ask to participate, or be invited to participate, in the development of college-sponsored training programs, or college outreach and recruitment initiatives. When EAG members are involved in such college management-approved training or recruitment and outreach, they are performing college-assigned work. As such, they will be able to make use of the same resources provided any employee performing the assigned tasks.
Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Closed to the public
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is committed to providing access to information for all, therefore we are taking the following measures to ensure accessibility of the college’s public facing website (LWTech.edu), and third-party platforms utilized by students, staff, and community members.
The college is currently conducting an audit to determine the extent to which its website and third-party platforms are compliant.