How Institutions Are Leveraging Partnerships and Education to Address Sexual Harassment and Assault on Campus

February 7, 2018 4:30 pm

The “Me Too” movement has prompted a heightened awareness of and national conversation around unequal treatment and inappropriate or criminal sexual conduct in the workplace, and many colleges and universities have strengthened their resolve to eliminate these unacceptable behaviors on their campuses. To create an environment where harassment, incivility, inequality and bias are neither welcome... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

It’s hard to believe another year is in the books, and a new one is already underway! As you jump back into your work in this new year, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s... View Article

How to Set the Stage for a Successful Inclusivity Program

March 31, 2017 9:00 am

In a recent CUPA-HR webinar, presenters from the University of Waterloo shared the what, how and why of the institution’s award-winning Principles of Inclusivity certificate program, which was designed to promote a culture of inclusivity and inclusive practices throughout the university community and help faculty and staff develop mindful everyday actions and behaviors. (View the... View Article

Minorities Are Paid Equitably, But Are Underrepresented in Higher Ed Leadership

February 28, 2017 5:08 pm

While the U.S. minority population continues to grow, the number of racial/ethnic minorities holding top jobs in colleges and universities is not keeping pace. According to new research from CUPA-HR, while there has been a steady increase in the representation of minorities in higher education administrative positions over the last 15 years, the increase in... View Article

Gender Gap Persists in Higher Ed’s C-Suite

February 14, 2017 9:07 am

While women have made gains over the past 15 years with regard to their representation in higher education administrative jobs, little progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in top executive positions in the nation’s colleges and universities. In fact, according to new research from CUPA-HR, women occupy only 30 percent of the senior-most... View Article

A Look at Diversity in Higher Ed Positions

September 27, 2016 7:32 am

Yesterday at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., CUPA-HR’s Director of Research Jacqueline Bichsel, Ph.D., shared the results of a longitudinal analysis of higher ed diversity in executive, administrative and professional positions. Here are a few of the highlights from her research: Bichsel found that the higher education pay gap roughly mirrors... View Article

Age Is Nothing But a Number

May 16, 2016 2:59 pm

If you’re a Millenial, what is your perception of how other generations see you? If you’re a Boomer or a Gen Xer, what are your perceptions of Millenials? Does a 20-something just starting out on his or her career journey approach work differently than a 60-something eyeing retirement? Do early-career professionals who grew up in... View Article

Celebrating Our Differences, Connecting Through Our Sameness

March 8, 2016 4:23 pm

What do you see when you look around your office? Your campus? Your community? Depending on who you are and where you are, you may see people who look, act and speak very similar to yourself, or you may see people who you perceive to be very different from you. But every single person you... View Article

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

February 3, 2016 9:14 am

Great work is being done by HR organizations at colleges and universities across the country. From innovations in processes and procedures to transformative HR work, from unique and forward-thinking diversity and inclusion initiatives to championing change, many HR organizations are successfully positioning themselves as strategic business partners and contributors to their institutions’ missions — and... View Article

5 Ways to Evolve Your Diversity Training

January 21, 2016 12:35 pm

How would your campus community rate your institution’s diversity training initiatives? Do they inspire continued dialogue and action long after class ends, or are the concepts and ideas covered in training sessions left behind when people leave the room? Are you successfully getting your message out? If you’re not seeing the desired results from your... View Article

3 Ways to Help Make Recruitment More Inclusive

December 17, 2015 8:02 am

A controversial University of Louisville job ad made waves recently in the higher ed community. You can read about it here in the Inside Higher Ed article “Whites, Asians Need Not Apply.” The controversy comes at a time when recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale University and other higher ed institutions serve as... View Article

Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – September 2015

September 4, 2015 1:26 pm

Each quarter, Knowledge Center content manager Patti Couger seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Here are the topics that are currently highlighted: Changes Likely Coming to FLSA’s White Collar Exemption The Department of Labor is considering changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations, including... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Age Discrimination

July 1, 2015 9:07 am

Are you looking to add “HR legal expert” to your resume? Here’s a real court case that will help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right! The Case: “New Blood” Age Discrimination — Allain v. University of Louisiana System... View Article

2015 Snapshot: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

March 10, 2015 4:13 pm

Would it surprise you to hear that 72% of chief HR officers at colleges and universities are women? Or that the median salary for women in the chief HR position is 90% of the median salary for men in the same position? Because March is Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take a closer look... View Article

A Book (Make It Two!) for Every Child

November 5, 2014 9:02 am

My 6-year-old son is a voracious reader. He has shelves and shelves of books in his room, and he so looks forward to library day at school. His school book fair is coming up, and he’s already talking about which books he wants to buy. Thankfully, we are fortunate enough that he can make a... View Article

Six Tips to Ensure Unbiased Searches

September 30, 2014 10:19 am

Like it or not, you’re biased in some way, shape or form. All of us are. Study after study has proven this time and again. Given this fact, and the urgent need for diversification of the higher ed workforce, how can we keep unconscious bias from creeping in to our search and selection processes? Bottom... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Race Discrimination

August 28, 2014 3:09 pm

Are you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right! The Case: College Tennis Coach Race Discrimination Claim — Minnis v. Bd of Supervisors of Louisiana State University (MD... View Article

Talking Diversity With Walgreens CDO Steve Pemberton

July 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Walgreens Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton has a story to tell — a story about overcoming adversity, breaking down barriers, and rising above stereotypes. But it’s not just any story … it’s his story, and he’s shared it countless times with countless audiences. As he details a childhood rife with trauma, abuse and abandonment, and... View Article

A Call to End Extreme Behaviors

May 15, 2014 8:33 am

This post was contributed by Sonja C.P. Armstrong of Emeritus Consulting Group, which has worked with CUPA-HR in the development of its position statement and implementation of its action plan for promoting excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion in the the higher education workplace. Earlier this month, Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon called for an end to... View Article

Diversifying the Faculty

May 9, 2014 3:09 pm

This post was contributed by Sonja C.P. Armstrong of Emeritus Consulting Group, which has worked with CUPA-HR in the development of its position statement and implementation of its action plan for promoting excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion in the the higher education workplace. Just a week ago the University of California at Riverside announced that it... View Article

3 Powerful Examples of Storytelling in Diversity Work

April 16, 2014 9:35 am

Remember the last time you heard a really good story? How intently you listened, how easy it was to get lost in the words, how completely connected you felt to the storyteller? Storytelling is a powerful way to connect ideas and people. It can help us see and understand varying perspectives; it can enable us... View Article

Microaggressions Can Have a Toxic Effect in the Workplace

April 11, 2014 8:16 am

This post was contributed by Sonja C.P. Armstrong of Emeritus Consulting Group, which has worked with CUPA-HR in the development of its position statement and implementation of its action plan for promoting excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion in the the higher education workplace. Lately there’s been a buzz in social media about “microaggressions” that... View Article

Celebrating Quiet Brilliance

March 14, 2014 2:28 pm

You know that really quiet person in your department? The one who shies away from the limelight? The one who doesn’t speak up much in meetings? The one who prefers solitude over group dynamics? That person may be an introvert — someone who does his or her best work and feels most at ease when... View Article

Snapshot: Women and People of Color in Higher Ed Leadership

March 4, 2014 1:02 pm

There’s been talk for several years now around the importance of increasing diversity in the top ranks (and the leadership pipeline leading to those executive positions) in colleges and universities. But is all that talk translating into action? Data from CUPA-HR’s Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey show that women are faring better than people... View Article

Going Global: The Secret to Crossing Cultural Divides

December 18, 2013 10:04 am

“The key to bridging cultural differences is not to compromise on principle, but to compromise on form.” – Dr. Taira Koybaeva, Cultural Expert and Founder and CEO of Go Global Fast Cultural clash: On a campus outside the U.S., a professor has started his lecture. Running late, an American student slips quietly through the door... View Article

Facilitating the Transgender Transition of an Employee

November 20, 2013 8:32 am

This post includes an excerpt from material prepared by Dr. Al Carlozzi, Professor of Counseling Psychology, and Dr. Sandy Cooper, Director of Human Resources, both of Oklahoma State University, to supplement their recent CUPA-HR webinar “The Transgender Transition in the Workplace.” We encourage you to watch the recorded webinar and read the supplemental materials to learn... View Article

Resources to Prepare Your Campus for Transgender Transitions

November 6, 2013 2:54 pm

If an employee approached you and said “I plan to change my gender,” would you know what to do? Transgender issues are being talked about like never before — from court cases determining rights of transgenders in the military to college campuses determining how to handle dormitory assignments, bathroom usage and health insurance coverage. The... View Article

3 Low-Cost Ideas for Engaging Employees With Campus Leaders

November 4, 2013 10:46 am

“Our thinking about LEAD has evolved – from a program to help people move into leadership roles, to an affinity group for people who want to be involved in leadership conversations.” – Brittnay Buckner, Senior Learning Specialist and Trainer, The George Washington University In 2008, The George Washington University launched the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)... View Article

4 Tips to Build Leadership Support for DEI Efforts on Campus

October 27, 2013 9:17 pm

“Diversity and inclusion work is lonely work a lot of times.” —Romy Riddick, director of diversity and inclusion, Princeton University (from the Promising Practices for Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2013) An army of one – this is how many individuals who are charged with diversity, equity and inclusion work... View Article

Shall We Overcome or Undercome?

September 9, 2012 8:58 pm

“We shall undercome …” That’s how one session attendee put it during the preconference workshop, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Follow a CUPA-HR Roadmap for Your Efforts, at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2012. The conversation surrounded the challenge of getting buy-in from institutional leadership to make progress on campus in the areas of diversity,... View Article

Intergroup Dialogue

August 30, 2011 12:20 pm

It’s no secret that CUPA-HR has been working on a diversity, equity and inclusion statement and action plan. (We will also be  sharing this with attendees at our 2011 Annual Conference!) As we have worked on these documents, discussed what they mean for us as an organization and as a national office, many questions have emerged. While many... View Article

Racism After Hours

June 30, 2011 2:41 pm

As HR professionals we spend a lot of time carefully wording non-discrimination policies.  We brainstorm diversity efforts.  We talk about inclusion with the utmost sincerity.   Commendable and necessary, but for anyone who has had to conduct an investigation, there is no denying that racism is ugly.   And I’d venture to say that it’s even uglier... View Article

Diversity and Inclusion Is So Much More Than Affimative Action! Higher Ed HR Professionals Play Key Role!

May 11, 2011 1:28 pm

From a recent New York Times article regarding mixed-race growth across the country … “In North Carolina, the mixed-race population doubled. In Georgia, it expanded by more than 80 percent, and by nearly as much in Kentucky and Tennessee. In Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota, the multiracial population increased by about 70 percent.” “Census officials... View Article