Each of our ERGs serves as a community in which members voluntarily contribute their shared knowledge and collective experiences to enhance professional growth, promote multicultural understanding, and positively affect the RTI mission. The ERGs offer a forum for members to discuss relevant challenges and opportunities, and they enable joint efforts around common areas of interest. ERG activities include hosting speaker series, performing community service, organizing and attending professional development conferences, and leading diversity celebrations.
Our current groups are as follows:
Accessibility ERG (ACCESS)—We foster a culture of accessibility, inclusion, and representation of RTI employees with disabilities, chronic diseases, and physical or behavioral health conditions, as well as RTI employees who are supporting others with these conditions. We contribute to RTI's policies and practices to ensure a welcoming environment for the accessibility community. The objective of the Access ERG is to increase awareness, promote best practice, and drive improvements in workplace accessibility and accommodations.
Asian American ERG (AAG)—We value diversity, courage, and openness. We are committed to equitable treatment and eliminating discrimination. We respect and value diverse cultural backgrounds.
Black Employee Resource Group (BERG)—We promote the success of the Black workforce, create a supportive workplace, and engage in community outreach.
Hispanic ERG (UNA Comunidad)—We bring together a community dedicated to promoting and creating awareness of the Hispanic culture, supporting and empowering the professional growth of its members, and carrying out RTI’s mission.
LGBTQ and Allies ERG (RTI PRIDE)—We are a community of employees working together to create an environment of awareness and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees and their allies.
RTI Veterans and Allies ERG (VALoR)—We are committed to providing a professional network, active community, and development opportunities for our members, while helping to position RTI International as an employer of choice for military veterans and their allies.
Telecommuter Network ERG (TeleWork)—We share a commitment to build connections, exchange ideas, raise visibility, understand successes and challenges, inspire development, and offer mutual support to new and current telecommuters.
Women’s Advancement, Leadership and Success ERG (WALS)—We are committed to creating a community of employees focused on professional issues for women, including career development, leadership growth, and pay equity.
Working Parents ERG (WPG)—We provide an open forum for working parents to share challenges, milestones and advice about how to balance work and family. Our vision is to educate, communicate, and leverage resources.
Young Professionals ERG (YP)—We are a peer collective organization dedicated to uniting and empowering the next generation of RTI leaders. We embrace a culture of innovation, growth, integrity, and excellence.