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. HR leaders from four universities shared with us the strategies they and other campus leaders are using to help address and alleviate harassment and bias on their campuses.

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog are full of articles and stories highlighting new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there, done that). In case you missed them — we know it was a busy year! — here are some highlights from the magazine and the blog from the past year. Maybe they’ll spark an idea or two you can use on your campus.

11 Institutions That Are Getting It Right in Diversity and Equity in Leadership Positions

September 6, 2017 2:02 pm

CUPA-HR’s latest research, which compared institutions’ performance over several years in terms of representation and pay equity for women and minority administrators, found that although many institutions did well in at least one diversity/equity area, relatively few did so for representation and pay for both women and minority administrators. However, 11 institutions were top performers in all areas, sustaining equitable pay and representation for both minorities and women over the past 16 years. Read on to learn which institutions are getting it right.

How to Set the Stage for a Successful Inclusivity Program

March 31, 2017 9:00 am

By taking a thoughtful approach to inclusivity, an organization can help its people learn to model respect for one another, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability and any of the other characteristics that are “different,” yet make each of us who we are.

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

February 28, 2017 5:08 pm

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 the minority population in the U.S. and the increase in the percentage of minorities holding a college degree (which is required for these top jobs) greatly outpace these numbers.

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 positions in higher education.

A Look at Diversity in Higher Ed Positions

September 27, 2016 7:32 am

female-to-male-pay-ratio 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 diversity in higher education executive, administrative and professional positions. Here are a few of the highlights from her research ...

Age Is Nothing But a Number

May 16, 2016 2:59 pm

On the surface, it might seem like differences abound when it comes to different generations in the workplace, but if you dig a little deeper, you may be surprised at what you find … for often it’s perceptions that divide, not generations. And CUPA-HR member Sheraine Gilliam of City University of New York is making it her personal mission to educate others on just that.

Celebrating Our Differences, Connecting Through Our Sameness

March 8, 2016 4:23 pm

CIC_PromoWhat 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 see has a story that make him or her a truly unique individual.

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

February 3, 2016 9:14 am

trophies_blogGreat 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 many institutional presidents are paving the way for HR to get the job done.

5 Ways to Evolve Your Diversity Training

January 21, 2016 12:35 pm

blog imageDo your diversity training initiatives 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? If you’re not seeing the desired results from your DEI training efforts, it may be time to rethink the message you’re delivering and how you’re delivering it.

3 Ways to Help Make Recruitment More Inclusive

December 17, 2015 8:02 am

Diverse PeopleA controversial University of Louisville job ad made waves recently in the higher ed community. The controversy comes at a time when recent events at the University of Missouri, Yale University and other higher ed institutions serve as a reminder that a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion must be the personal and professional responsibility of every higher education leader and member of the campus community. It’s not always easy, though, for institutions to put that idea into practical action, especially when it comes to faculty and staff recruitment.

A Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Enough With the Lip Service … It’s Time for Action!

November 10, 2015 3:53 pm

if not now whenRecent events at the University of Missouri and Yale (and several other institutions over the past couple of years) should serve as a reminder that a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion MUST be the personal and professional responsibility of every higher education leader, as well as the responsibility of every member of the campus community. This means that we ALL must work together to build institutional capacity and individual capability, to shape culture and to cultivate supportive and inclusive learning environments that advance organizational effectiveness and success.

Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – September 2015

September 4, 2015 1:26 pm

higher-education-hr-newsKnowledge Center content manager Patti Couger regularly seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Topics highlighted this quarter include paid time off, unpaid interns, diversity, equity and inclusion, and changes to the FLSA's overtime regulations.

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Age Discrimination

July 1, 2015 9:07 am

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre 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 (W.D. La., 1/22/15)

2015 Snapshot: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

March 10, 2015 4:13 pm

CUPAHR_women_in_highered_20151-thumbWould 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 at the data.

A Book (Make It Two!) for Every Child

November 5, 2014 9:02 am

Picture2As part of this year’s CUPA-HR annual conference (held in San Antonio in late September), we focused our charitable efforts on providing books to children in need. Partnering with Fidelity Investments and Reading Is Fundamental, we were able to make a donation of 1,200 books to Passmore Elementary School in San Antonio.

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 line is, in order to combat bias (both intentional and unintentional), recruiting and selecting diverse talent requires different approaches, tools and techniques.

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Race Discrimination

August 28, 2014 3:09 pm

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre 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 La.,No 3:13-CV-00005, 12/4/13)

Talking Diversity With Walgreens CDO Steve Pemberton

July 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Pemberton_SteveWalgreens 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 by sharing it, he's reinforcing the notion that we don't all look like our stories, and that diversity is a multifaceted concept.

A Call to End Extreme Behaviors

May 15, 2014 8:33 am

Earlier this month, Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon called for an end to extreme behaviors on campus.

In his remarks, he cited such transgressions as “general disregard for human dignity …, events with racist and sexist undertones, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults hurled on the internet …”

While his focus was on student behaviors, President Hanlon was confronting the direction of the campus culture, which necessarily impacts faculty, staff and administrators, too.

Diversifying the Faculty

May 9, 2014 3:09 pm

Just a week ago the University of California at Riverside announced that it would be hiring 300 new faculty members over the next five years.

The university’s chancellor, Kim A. Wilcox, sees the hiring expansion as an opportunity to shape the institution for years to come — in particular, to benefit from faculty that reflect the demographics of the nation, of the state and of the university’s enrolled students.

3 Powerful Examples of Storytelling in Diversity Work

April 16, 2014 9:35 am

what's your storyRemember 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 to open our minds and think about things in new and different ways; and it allows us to connect with a concept or topic on a more personal level.

Microaggressions Can Have a Toxic Effect in the Workplace

April 11, 2014 8:16 am

Lately there’s a buzz in social media about “microaggressions” that occur on college and university campuses.  (See, for example, the “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign on Tumblr that evolved into full-fledged theatre performance.)

Although the term has existed for years in the academic realm, the concept that brief and commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities can have a significant impact on how we perform individually and interact with one another has taken root broadly, including in workplace environments.

Celebrating Quiet Brilliance

March 14, 2014 2:28 pm

celebrating-quiet-brillianceYou 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 he or she has plenty of time for quiet reflection and deep contemplation. Or maybe you’re that person.

Going Global: The Secret to Crossing Cultural Divides

December 18, 2013 10:04 am

20ad21eOn a campus outside the U.S., a professor has started his lecture. Running late, an American student slips quietly through the door and into a seat at the back of the classroom to avoid disrupting the class. The professor is offended.  Why? Because in his culture, a tardy student shows respect by standing at the door and waiting to be invited in by the professor. Although their actions reflect their unique cultural perspectives, the underlying principle for both the professor and the student is the same: to demonstrate the proper respect for authority.

Focusing on the principle rather than the action is at the heart of bridging cultural differences, according to Dr. Taira Koybaeva, who spoke in October at CUPA-HR's International Symposium. So how do you know which principles are at work?

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 presenters of the upcoming CUPA-HR webinar  The Transgender Transition in the Workplace recommend several resources to expand your knowledge on the topic of transgender transition.

3 Low-Cost Ideas for Engaging Employees With Campus Leaders

November 4, 2013 10:46 am

In 2008, The George Washington University launched the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program, a series of networking and professional development events focused on developing capacity within the five performance factors evaluated for every employee. Open to all staff members, the program encouraged participants to lead "from where they are," and provided unique opportunities for engagement with campus leadership. In the session “LEADing the Way: A Leadership Development Case Study for Employee Engagement” at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2013, Brittnay Buckner shared details about nine of LEAD events.

4 Tips to Build Leadership Support for DEI Efforts on Campus

October 27, 2013 9:17 pm

IMG_1723An army of one – this is how many individuals who are charged with diversity, equity and inclusion work on campus feel much of the time. Many institutions focus their time and resources on increasing diversity in the student body. But what about DEI efforts targeting staff and faculty? Oftentimes this important work is left to one or two individuals within the HR department, with little to no involvement from senior administration. And while HR no doubt is well-positioned to shape DEI culture on campus, the efforts will fall flat without the buy-in and support of institutional leadership.

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, equity and inclusion. Simply put, you don’t need leadership to make a difference — to effect change. Change can come (slowly but surely) from the bottom up if it has to. Like a termite, one attendee suggested, eat away at the base until leadership “crumbles.”

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 of us have been taught to separate our personal and professional lives, it is increasingly difficult to do so with the technology available today as well as the demands made on our time - both personally and professionally. However, with an initiative like this, it's personal. As I have unwound these concepts in my own mind - and heart - it's sometimes a bit shocking to realize how ingrained some of my preconceived notions are and how far back they go. Perhaps I'll share some of these thoughts in an additional post but I wanted to share something we did as a national office that, I believe, caused us all to look at these topics in a different light.

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 after everyone goes home for the day.  Need proof?  Watch the hate crimes featured on the evening news, or go online and read reactions to world events, the most hateful posts written by those who opt to remain anonymous  (which alone signals to me that they know they are choosing wrong over right).

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 were expecting a national multiracial growth rate of about 35 percent since 2000, when seven million people — 2.4 percent of the population — chose more than one race. Officials have not yet announced a national growth rate, but it seems sure to be closer to 50 percent.”

As many of you know, the CUPA-HR national board and national office staff are working with higher ed HR leaders from across the country to more clearly emphasize the important role for higher ed HR leaders in creating diverse and inclusive working environments.