Diversity recruitment for staff: process, tools & resources
Why is Diversity in Staff Recruiting Important?
The first stage to successful diversity recruitment as a hiring manager is building your awareness and knowledge about what constitutes diversity, understanding how diversity adds value to your department’s work environment and knowing how to create the right mix of diversity on your team. Such awareness and knowledge are the foundation to developing an effective diversity recruitment strategy where diversity can play a vital role in contributing to continuing success, staff retention and long-term growth, both in your department and at the university as a whole.
University Human Resources (UHR) is an important resource to assist your department in building a solid diversity recruitment foundation. Within UHR, the Staff Diversity Recruitment Coordinator and HR Representatives/Consultants and Employment Process Coordinators (EPCs) are key contacts to assist with diversity recruitment efforts, including sharing information on resources and strategies. As part of building awareness and knowledge about the value of recruiting a diverse workforce, make a point to familiarize yourself with the University of Michigan's Nondiscrimination Policy and Standard Practice Guides related to Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination. Click here to view the policy statement and related SPGs.
The Diversity Matters at Michigan Web site is another important resource with information and links to the people and programs that support and advance the university's commitment to diversity. Visit: http://www.diversity.umich.edu/
Other valuable U-M resources on staff diversity recruitment include:
- Current staff, faculty and employees—All of these individuals have gone through the recruitment process and may have thoughts and opinions to share on how to add to or improve the recruitment process.
- Unit experts—Experienced hiring managers/supervisors
- U-M Web sites that demonstrate the value of diveresity include:
- Business & Finance Division: www.bf.umich.edu/bfdc/
- Division of Student Affairs: http://studentaffairs.umich.edu/article/14
- Institute for Social Research: www.isr.umich.edu/home/diversity
- National Center for Institutional Diversity: www.ncid.umich.edu/resources/
- Ross School of Business: www.bus.umich.edu/Admissions/Diversity/MinorityStudents.htm