Outreach Resources

Many associations, publications and online media target diversity-specific communities/groups. Coordinating your diversity recruitment efforts to include these resources will increase the likelihood of building diverse applicant pools. There are also specific websites dedicated to professional diversity in minority groups. These sites may not be specific to recruiting, but offer valuable information on selected minority groups and events that may provide leads for sourcing.

As you review various sourcing options, keep in mind the financial investment your department is willing/able to make and how to maximize each dollar spent. Sourcing options range from no-cost/low-cost to high-cost. Another option for departments to consider is pooling resources for efficiency.

Download this quick reference guide to diversity recruiting resources for hiring departments.

No-cost Sourcing Options

Your kerberos login is required for sign in information on the following no-cost sourcing options:

Newspaper and Print Advertising

Utilizing newspapers (within specific geographic locations), flyers, trade journals, career catalogs (such as Washtenaw Community College), along with others, could promote your career opportunities to minority communities.

Employee Referral Programs (ERPs)

A referral program will provide U-M staff with the opportunity to encourage hiring managers/supervisors to recruit specific qualified candidates based on  need. If such a program is used, referral candidates should make up approximately 40% of a department’s annual hires. Such a program can be available to current department employees (or institution-wide depending on program guidelines) as a way to increase the applicant pool with people they want to work with. If there is an interest in developing an employee referral program, guidance and coordination will be needed to set program guidelines. Departments will be able to determine their own referral bonus (monetary, gift certificates, etc.).

Other U-M Recruiting Resources

Other Fee-Based Resources

  • CareerCastDiversity and Bilingual Network: Fee-based global job-search portal.
  • DiversityJobs.com: Postings distributed to a network of niche websites for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, women, veterans, the disabled, members of the LGBT community, and other minority groups.
  • DiversityTrio jobs boards: Fee-based resource managed by Jobelephant.com, which places tens of thousands of ads for over 500 colleges and universities worldwide. With this resource, you can post your vacancies on: AsiansinHigherEd.com; BlacksinHigherEd.com and HIspanicsinHigherEd.com.

Faculty Diversity Recruitment Resources

  • AcademicCareers.com: Fee-based global academic job site for jobs in teaching, education and research and professional jobs in education and academia. 
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance: Lists doctoral degree recipients from member universities who are members of groups underrepresented in higher education. While not publicly available, this listing can be available to Big Ten Academic Alliance faculty and staff engaged with faculty searches. To request access, contact: charity.farber@btaa.org or call 217/333-6314.
  • Hispanic Outlook Magazine: This magazine covers the Hispanic community in education in both print and digital editions.
  • Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Fee-based. Dedicated to reaching a highly targeted demographic of scholars at colleges and universities across the U.S. 
  • The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program: Improving the U-M campus environment for faculty in four general areas: recruitment, retention, climate and leadership.


  • Automation Alley: Automation Alley is a technology business association dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan.
  • Detroit Chamber of Commerce: A platform for problem solving and uniting individuals to share ideas to impact Michigan’s turnaround. U-M has a bronze-level membership with this organization.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc.: Career-guidance and recruitment for women, minority groups, and people with disabilities.
  • Focus: HOPE: Free job training in for low-income residents in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
  • Michigan Health Council: Facilitating the education, recruitment and retention of a diverse healthcare workforce.
  • Michigan HERC: Michigan HERC offers no-cost access to a web-based search engine that includes faculty and staff job listings at all member institutions. U-M job postings are automatically posted to the MI-HERC database.
  • MI Works Talent Bank: U-M job postings are automatically posted to the Pure Michigan Connect Talent Bank database. You can also search the database for potential applicants.  When you create your unique registration, you will be asked to enter the university's Federal Employer Identification Number: 38-6006309.

Professional Diversity and Minority Groups