thinkers; and engage in discussions about the most pressing matters impacting recruiting, developing, advancing and retaining the most diverse and qualified workforce. Nationally, HERC hosts a member webinar series that features the foremost leaders in advancing DEI in the higher education workplace. Webinars are free to member representatives and all employees at their institutions. Many of our webinars focus on real-life, concrete changes that individuals and institutions can practice that have been proven to make a difference.
Q: How does HERC’s partnership with PeopleAdmin benefit members?
A: We enhanced our partnership this year between HERC, PeopleAdmin and DirectEmployers Association to assist higher education institutions in sourcing more qualified, diverse candidates. This partnership makes it easier for HERC member colleges and universities using SelectSuite to perform inclusive searches focused on attracting candidates that more accurately reflect the diversity of the student population.
This free enhancement was made available to institutions in April, and many have seen their position announcements reach dozens of new, previously under-represented talent pools via targeted job board sites such as Diversity.jobs, Easter Seals, The Veterans Employment Center, Deaf to Work, and many more. This enhancement automatically took effect for HERC members using SelectSuite who have selected to post job announcements to the HERC job board.
As a nonprofit consortium that is guided by a strategic vision to promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment and retention we, at HERC, deeply value the support of partners like PeopleAdmin who help make it possible for us to have an even greater impact.
Q: Looking ahead, what greater role can technology play in diversity, equity and inclusion?
A: Technology plays an essential role in all aspects of higher education workforce management and empowers employers to reach, recruit, develop and advance the most diverse and qualified faculty, staff and senior executives.
Because PeopleAdmin provides higher education clients with both a platform for candidates to use when applying for job openings and talent management tools for HR staff, search committee members and employees, one key area that will need continuous attention is software accessibility. With 15 percent of the world’s population living with some form of disability — according to 2014 data from the World Health Organization — it is imperative that talent management technologies are accessible to candidates and employees with auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and/or neurological disabilities. Being cognizant of the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and designing software is an essential component to ensuring an inclusive search process and workplace.
Higher education employers, particularly those that are federal contractors and subcontractors subject to OFCCP reviews, need accurate applicant data. These include verifiable data about candidate referral sources, aggregated demographic reports by requisition or job title, and a method for tracking and reporting on the stage that each candidate reaches in a search.
To learn more about improving diversity hiring, watch the recorded webinar, hosted by PeopleAdmin and HERC.