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LGBTIQ+ Employee Resource Groups: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities

LGBTIQ+ Employee Resource Groups: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities

While organisational attention to the topics of workplace equality and inclusion has increased, some social groups are still disadvantaged. To support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ+) employees at work, many organisations have LGBTIQ+ employee resource groups (ERGs). These groups are uniquely placed to provide a safe space for LGBTIQ+ employees, facilitate alliances between these employees and their ally colleagues, and advocate for structural changes in the organisation. The evidence base on LGBTIQ+ ERGs remains limited and partial, however, leaving a large knowledge gap on how networks function and their capacity to improve the experiences of LGBTIQ+ employees at work.

In this symposium, Prof.dr. Anna Einarsdottir (York University) and Prof.dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn (Leiden University) share insights from their recent research on the topic, discussing the promises and pitfalls of LGBTIQ+ ERGs and how they can be most effective. A panel including LGBTIQ+ ERG representatives will reflect on the findings, share insights from practice, and discuss how ERGs can contribute to LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion.


10.15-10.30        Doors open
10.30-12.00        Symposium

  • Have LGBTIQemployee resource groups been derailed? 
    Prof.dr. Anna Einarsdottir, Senior Lecturer in Work, Management & Organising at York University, UK
  • Top down or bottom up? Strategies to assess the needs of LGBTIQ+ employees
    Prof.dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn, Professor of LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion at Leiden University, Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University
  • Getting down to business: Maximizing the benefits of LGBTIQ+ employee resource group
    Panel discussion

12.00-13.00         Coffee and Tea


This event is organised by Jojanneke van der Toorn, Eva Jaspers, Chenhao Zhou, Kshitij Mor and Paula Hoffmann, in collaboration with Academia@WorkplacePride. We can be contacted at lgbtqi.inclusion@gmail.com


We would like the symposium to be accessible to everyone. We hope the absence of a participation fee and the possibility to view a live stream contribute to this. Please note that the symposium location is wheelchair accessible. We will make sure to ask the speakers to articulate clearly. We very much welcome your suggestions for how we can be more inclusive.

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