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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.

Susan Morin
"Since becoming a member of HERC, in October 2006, the Colleges of the Fenway consortium has enjoyed the many benefits of this organization. HERC has provided us with a valuable recruitment tool enabling the six schools in the consortium to post all of our open positions on its website. It has also been useful in conducting faculty searches and we have hired many candidates who have seen our postings on the HERC website. Also valuable has been the opportunity to network and collaborate with over fifty institutions of higher learning on such critical issues as diversity and advertising. The annual diversity roundtable provides the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and address challenges we all face in the ever-changing work environment."

- Susan Morin, Human Resources Manager, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Colleges of the Fenway

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