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Form a New HERC

There are some regions in the U.S. and abroad that have not yet formed a regional HERC. Visit the Regional HERC page to see where the current HERCs are located. If you are interested in forming a HERC in your region, the central HERC office will help you every step of the way.

Step 1

Contact Nancy Aebersold, HERC's Central Office Executive Director. She will provide step-by-step instructions for how to form a successful regional HERC, help you develop a timeline, provide templates for getting started, and consult with you throughout your HERC formation process as well as once your HERC is established.

Step 2

Host an "Introduction to HERC" meeting at your campus and invite human resources, faculty development, and diversity officer colleagues from institutions in your region to come learn about the benefits of belonging to HERC. HERC offers a New HERC Development Grant of up to $5,000 to help with meeting expenses and the Executive Director will work with you to develop the meeting agenda and be at the meeting to give a presentation to participants. As a testimony to the success of the introductory HERC meetings, every single institution that has hosted a meeting has subsequently established a regional HERC.

Step 3

After the "Introduction to HERC" meeting, with commitments from campuses in your region, your HERC becomes official. From that point it typically takes 4 -6 months to establish a regional Advisory Board, set your annual membership dues structure and regional budget, hire a regional HERC Director, expand your founding membership base, launch your regional HERC website, and develop a regional member meeting/conference plan.

Step 4

Enjoy all the benefits of belonging to a HERC that will accrue to you and your institution.

Janet Fleetwood
“Membership in HERC demonstrates Drexel’s commitment to recruiting practices that are engaged, transparent, and equitable. By listing our open positions for faculty and professional staff, Drexel shows its enduring commitment to a diverse and supportive academic environment.”

- Janet Fleetwood, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Strategic Development and Initiatives & Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health, Drexel University

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Lorraine Goffe-Rush, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis
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Nancy Aebersold, Founder & Executive Director, HERC
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