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Employee Networks

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Launched Employee Networks in Fall 2019 - Beginning December 1, 2021 this initiative will be housed in Human Resources

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 E-Nets are considered to be an integral component of diverse and underrepresented employee recruitment and retention. 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. It is recommeded 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 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.

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 (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. Men's E-Net

8. Working Parents E-Net

9. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities E-Net

The activities are themed around welcoming new employees and connecting with current employees, social engagement, professional development, networking, etc. The goal is to coordinate at least one annual activity for all the E-Nets collectively.

To Join:
To be announced

To Provide Leadership:

If you are interested in providing leadership or starting an Employee Network please contact HR.


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 email


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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