Employee Resource Group Application

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their professional development work at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). LWTech recognizes that such Employee Resource Groups foster employee development; contribute to the College’s commitment to social equity, while challenging systems of power, privilege, and inequities. In addition, they strengthen networking and cohesiveness across the agency, and promote career and professional development. They also assist with efforts to attract and retain highly qualified candidates for employment at LWTech.

Because of the benefits to the workplace and contribution to the College’s commitment to social equity, Employee Resource Groups are welcomed and will be provided access to the resources listed in this policy.

Employee Resource Group Formation and Organization

Employee Resource Groups are employee-formed and employee-led. Employee Resource Groups must:

  1. Be formed around a shared characteristic or common interest that can positively affect professional development or retention. Examples include, but are not limited to, national origin, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, being a working parent, being a single parent, veteran status, women in STEM, or caring for aging family members while working.
  2. Be open to all College employees and volunteers. As required by state and federal law and College policies, Employee Resource Groups may not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
  3. Adhere to all College policies
  4. Be composed of only College employees and volunteers. Guest speakers may be invited to Employee Resource Group meetings.
  5. As required by the Executive Ethics Act, Employee Resource Groups may not use College resources to support or oppose any ballot proposition or candidate for public office. Additionally, Employee Resource Groups may not be formed to promote or benefit any private company or organization.

Application Submission/Approval Process 

  • Employees interested in forming an Employee Resource Group should complete an Employee Resource Group Application (below)
  • Once a request has been approved by EDIC Leadership it is then moved on to the Executive Director of Human Resources for final approval.
  • Employees must articulate how the group’s formation relates to professional development and retention. If EDIC Leadership and the Executive Director of Human Resources approve, the group will be welcomed as an Employee Resource Group and bound by College policies and use of College resources as listed in this document.


Examples include but are not limited to national origin, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. Please note that all Employee Resource Groups must be formed around a shared characteristic or common interest that affects professional development, retention of faculty and staff, or the strategic plan.

Contact Information of Designated Group Member

Your LWTech email

By typing in your name, you are consenting to be the official contact for this Employee Resource Group

A Purpose Statement describes how the group’s formation is connected to the mission and the Strategic Plan of LWTech.

By submitting this completed application, you are acknowledging that you have read the Employee Resource Group Policy Statement and understand all rules and policies associated with College-sponsored Affinity groups including Employee Resource Group Formation and Organization, College Resources Available to Employee Resource Groups, and Responsibilities.