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Commitment to Diversity

HERC helps its member institutions to recruit and retain the most outstanding and diverse employees and contributes to diversifying the pipeline of faculty, staff, and executives in academe.

Increasing employee diversity is not only the right thing to do, but essential to achieving the academic missions of HERC's member institutions. Educating people of all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures takes a diverse academic workforce.

HERC particularly understands the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented faculty and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.

What HERC Offers Diverse Jobseekers

  • Comprehensive and transparent access to job opportunities.
  • Partnerships with organizations with diverse constituencies to ensure diverse higher education professionals are familiar with the HERC website.
  • Free jobseeker webinars with frequent diversity topics.
  • A comprehensive list of organizations, societies, and publications that serve diverse constituencies.
  • Regional multicultural resources to help with relocating to a new community.

What HERC Offers Member Institutions

  • Partnerships with organizations with diverse constituencies to ensure diverse higher education professionals are familiar with the HERC website.
  • Advertising campaigns in print and online media to reach diverse higher education jobseekers and professionals.
  • Attendance and booths at higher education professional conferences that serve historically underrepresented populations to promote the HERC jobs websites.
  • Conferences and webinars for member institutions on best practices for diversity recruitment and retention programs, policies, and practices.
Melissa Brown
“HERC is an essential part of Harvard’s diversity recruitment strategy and commitment to helping dual-career couples. As a result of HERC we’ve recruited several outstanding new faculty and staff members and saved thousands through HERC member discounts.”

- Melissa Brown, Director of the Center for Workplace Development, Harvard University

Title: What are the benefits of attracting diverse applicant pools?
Lorraine Goffe-Rush, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis
Title: Why is faculty diversity and equity so important in higher education?
Mary Harvey, Associate Provost for Program Development, University of Chicago
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