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Employee Networks

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Launches Employee Networks

Employee Networks (E-Nets), also known as Employee Resource Groups, and Employee Affinity Groups, are voluntary employee-led groups whose memberships are typically based on specific demographic groups. They are dedicated to a diverse and inclusive environment that align with the mission, values, and goals of an organization (Welbourne, Rolf, & Schlachter, 2015, 2017).

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) considers the E-Nets to be an integral component of diverse and underrepresented employee recruitment and retention. The ODEI and the Subcommittee on Recruitment and Retention of the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion selected demographic groups with social identities that align with the mission and goals of the ODEI. Although the E-Nets are social-identity specific, they acknowledge and make room for intersectionality while firmly promoting an inclusive campus community. The E-Nets welcome collaborations and partnerships broadly with every member of the campus community, regardless of their social identities. 

The E-Nets are open to all faculty and staff, full time or part time. The ODEI requests that employees have social identities that align with the E-Nets they join or have an interest in supporting the goals of the E-Nets.

Each E-Net has a Team Leader and Champion. The Team Leaders coordinate monthly activities for their respective E-Nets. The Champions support the leadership of the Team Leaders. Additionally, the Champions are members of University Leadership and report directly to the President. They do not attend the E-Net events unless by invitation. However, they meet regularly with the Team Leaders to specifically address concerns identified in the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For Survey: Final Report of Results. These concerns are: First, perceptions that senior leadership need to show more genuine interest in the well-being of faculty, administration, and staff. Second, perceptions that senior leadership lack understanding and empathy toward faculty, administration, and staff, p. 11.

The Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee created a list of about a dozen E-Nets with room to grow more, eventually enabling every UW employee to have an opportunity to join an E-Net.  In Fall of 2019, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion launched five E-Nets and in the Spring of 2020 added the Women's E-Net. In the Fall of 2021 the Aspiring Professionals E-Net was formed.

1.Asian and Pacific Islander E-Net: Dr. Tao Han, Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education, College of Education (Co-Team Leader); Lena Newlin, Assistant Director, Wellness Center, Campus Recreation (Co-Team Leader).

2.African American and Black E-Net: Kwanna King, University Registrar, Office of the Registrar (Co-Team Leader); Derrick Mason, Innovative Media & Learning Spaces Librarian, UW Libraries (Co-Team Leader); and Tom Burman, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics Office (Champion).

3.Latinx and Hispanic E-Net: Becky Garcia, Internal Auditor, Internal Auditor (Co-Team Leader); Milton Ontiveroz, Communications Specialist, University Public Relations (Co-Team Leaders).

4.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) E-Net: Anne Alexander, Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Initiatives, Academic Affairs (Champion); and Mary Ivanoff, Chief of Staff, Office of the President (Champion)

5.Native American and Indigenous People E-Net: Melvin Arthur, Research Scientist, Assistant, Kinesiology and Health (Team Leader) and Robert Aylward, Vice President, Office of the CIO (Champion).

6. Women's E-Net: Jennifer Chavez, Director of Enterprise Information Technology Infrastructure and Security, Information Technology (Co-Team Leader); Jennie Hedrick, Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development, College of Business (Co-Team Leader); and Tara Evans, General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (Champion).

7. Aspiring Professionals E-Net: Kaila Mills, Senior Project Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Team Leader).

8. Men's E-Net

9. Working Parents E-Net

10. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities E-Net

The activities are themed around welcoming new employees, social engagement, professional development, etc. The ODEI will coordinate at least one annual activity for all the E-Nets collectively and it will replace a monthly meeting that the Team Leaders would have coordinated.

To Join:
Send an email to

To Provide Leadership:

If you are interested in providing leadership or starting an Employee Network please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Employee Networks Seeking Leadership:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) E-Net

  • Men's E-Net

  • Working Parents E-Net

  • Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities E-Net


For additional information please contact Christi Carter, Christi Carter oversees and provides support for the UW Employee Networks.


Pictures and Employee Network Activities are in the process of being uploaded as events take place. Check back often for updates!



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