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Employee Resource Groups
Powered by employees and empowered by RAND, ERGs offer welcoming and supportive spaces to promote connection, growth, and understanding.
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Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-led communities open to all staff that help make RAND an even better place to work by
- providing community and connection among colleagues
- partnering with RAND to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
- promoting cultural awareness, insight, and knowledge throughout RAND.
Employee Resource Groups at RAND
BELIEVE: Black Employees Leading in Inclusion, Equity, Vision, and Education
BELIEVE seeks to create a safe and open space for colleagues who identify as Black, African American, and others from across the African Diaspora, to connect, communicate, celebrate, support, and develop. Our efforts are aimed at fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace, recruiting and retaining Black employees, and countering racial disparities and inequities through education and awareness.
Social Policy Researcher and Faculty at Pardee RAND Graduate School
Fawna Joi Smith
DEVO: Disability Empowerment and Visibility Organization
DEVO aims to support and empower colleagues with disabilities and differing abilities, as well as caregivers and allies. We promote awareness and understanding of issues, support inclusion through community and accessibility, and advocate for opportunities to bring a disability lens to RAND's research and outreach.
Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
EACH: Enrichment for Asian American and Pacific Islander Culture and Heritage
EACH focuses on fostering connection, professional development, and community engagement among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and all RAND staff, while raising awareness of the immigrant experience and providing cultural insights to the greater RAND community.
Director, NextGen Initiative
Latinx y Más
Latinx y Más fosters workplace connections, provides social support, and increases cultural awareness of Latinx culture and norms at RAND while promoting inclusiveness of Latinx staff in all of RAND’s research divisions, departments, and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Executive Administrative Assistant
LGBTQ+ ERG seeks to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+) identities at RAND and provide a space for the community to thrive—increasing morale and retention and providing a place to attract LGBTQ+ talent into the community and broaden further inclusion and understanding.
Christopher Joseph Doss
Associate Policy Researcher
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Highlights and Happenings
RAND's ERGs collaborated to produce the #ImmigrantProud campaign to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month. Throughout June, colleagues shared their inspiring immigration stories as well as the rewards and challenges of straddling cultures.
Courageous Conversations on Mental Health in Underrepresented Groups
Staff explore the implications of race on mental health in roundtable discussions, open dialogues, and presentations focused on racial trauma, mental health disparities, the effects of discrimination on mental health, and more in events hosted by BELIEVE and DEVO.
In events organized by BELIEVE and EACH, staff join in candid discussions about race, privilege, and microaggressions and learn practical tips for how to intervene on behalf of others who experience harassment, disrespect, or other attacks, either in person or online.
Movie Watch Parties
ERGs host regular watch parties—screenings and discussions of films that feature BIPOC characters, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities, or films that explore themes related to significant cultural movements or historical events. Recent films include Crip Camp, Chavela, Gays in Prison, The Underground Railroad, and White Tiger.
Expert Speaker Series
Guest speakers and RAND experts offer presentations and dialogue on topics related to DEI. Past presenters include historian Jarvis Givens on the significance of Juneteenth; Pardee RAND Graduate School's Cynthia Gonzalez on community-partnered policy development; and Stop AAPI Hate founder Manjusha Kulkarni on stemming violence against Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
RAND ERGs host a range of activities honoring staff identifies and cultures, such as trivia events led by LGBTQ+ ERG for Pride Month and events by Latinx y Más for Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month. ERGs also sponsor speakers, celebrations, and learning opportunities acknowledging AAPI Heritage Month, Juneteenth, Mardi Gras, and other cultural observances.
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