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CUPA-HR Partners in Justice —
We Will Not Be Silent!

A Virtual Town Hall  |  Monday, June 22  |  3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

This recording is a CUPA-HR member resource.

The nation is talking about race — specifically the systems in place that perpetuate racial inequalities and injustice, and the heavy toll it has taken on the Black community. As we seek to speak out and champion real change on our campuses and in our communities, it’s imperative that we take time to listen — especially to stories that emphasize how the racial divide exists and the challenges it creates for Black faculty, staff and students on our campuses.

You’re invited to join us for a town hall discussion to hear voices from our higher ed HR community and explore what it means to move beyond existing DEI initiatives to create real systemic and cultural change at our colleges and universities. As higher ed HR, we are uniquely positioned to lead and support that change!

Our panelists will touch on:

  • The importance of meeting people where they are as they experience a wide range of emotions — sadness, guilt, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration — and sometimes feel overwhelmed
  • Stories that emphasize how the divide exists and the challenges it creates on campus for our Black faculty, staff and students
  • The significance of listening to feedback from employees, learning from your mistakes, and responding thoughtfully
  • Understanding what being an ally entails and the role of HR in advocating for change

This conversation is only the beginning. We anticipate many future discussions as we identify specific actions we can take as higher ed HR leaders to support justice and equality at our institutions.


Meet Our Panelists

  • Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes, Facilitator
    Executive Director and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Austin Peay State University

  • Lynne Adams
    Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Prince George's Community College

  • Donna Asher
    Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer

    University of North Texas System

  • Brian Dickens
    Chief Human Resources Officer

    The University of Tennessee System

  • Isaac Dixon
    Associate Vice President for Human Resources

    Portland State University

  • Marion Fedrick

    Albany State University

  • Pierre Joanis
    Vice President for Human Resources

    Bucknell University

  • Laurita Thomas

    American Research Universities - Human Resources Institute