Employee resource groups connect employees socially and professionally based on shared identities. These voluntary, employee-led groups foster community connections within district. ERGs in Bellingham Public Schools serve to improve work relationships and conditions through advocacy, support, and professional development in alignment with The Bellingham Promise.   

Outcomes associated with employee resource groups include:  

  • Increased feeling of belonging among staff.  
  • Strengthened support systems for emotional, cultural, and leadership needs.  
  • Advocacy and mentorship for scholars with similar identities. 

Active Employee Resource Groups

Staff of Color Coalition 

The staff of color ERG serves as an advocacy and support entity for staff of color working in Bellingham Public Schools.  The Staff of Color ERG connects Black and Brown staff across the district by building relationships, creating socially supportive environments and actively participating in equity-based conversations. To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Haruna Gardner 

Jewish Community  

The Jewish Community ERG provides a space for Jewish colleagues to come together to strengthen our relationships and support one another in our work within our school communities. To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Meredith Attar.   

Black Legacy

The Black community ERG brings together Black employees working in all departments and buildings in Bellingham Public Schools to build relationships, support one another’s learning and leadership, and to advocate for equity and inclusion in hiring, workplace development, and student learning resources.  

Black Legacy will be working to establish a mentoring program for Black scholars.  

To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Brian Young.

Latinx Connection

Working closely with our family engagement office, the Latinx Community ERG provides space and connection for people with Latinx identities. The LCC provides strong networking and support to benefit both employees and students. To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Nelly Schonborn.

LGBTQ+ Employees Alliance 

The LGBTQ+ Employees Alliance provides space for LGBTQ+ identified staff to build relationships with each other, create socially supportive environments, share experiences, and actively participate in intersectional, equity-based conversations. To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Bethany Barrett.   

Multiracial Employees Coalition 

The Multiracial Employees group provides opportunities for multiracial staff and faculty (those who identify as more than one race) to engage in critical dialogue and build community with each other in the Bellingham School District. This affinity group also strives to create a safe space for multiracial staff and faculty to process experiences they have in the workplace. To join the group or to receive more information, please contact Amanda Korthuis.


Learn More About Employee Resource Groups

If you are interested in learning more about employee resource groups, please contact human resources.

Form a New Group! ERG Start Up Form 

If you are a current BPS employee interested in creating a new employee resource group, click here to access and complete the interest form.

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