MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Aligning Your Diversity Goals and Hiring Practices
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Organizational Development & Institutional Change for Equity and Inclusion
Round 1 only
Jen Cort, Founder, Jen Cort Consulting
A high school administrator shared the following thought expressed by many administrators: "We want to hire faculty and staff meeting our school’s equity and inclusion goals but can’t get them to come to our school". 'Jeff', a black high school teacher echoed the experiences of many applicants stating, "I can’t seem to get beyond an interview and when on campuses I often do not feel welcome." Schools frequently share a challenge of recruiting, hiring, and retaining faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. At the same time, candidates share a desire to be hired, retained, and welcomed by schools. Repeatedly hearing schools and potential employees being unsuccessful at finding each other led to a study of hiring practices including interviewing and surveying administrators and candidates. The study describes five stages of hiring with most schools beginning at stage three, and ending at four. This workshop offers a detailed plan for immediate implementation at your school. Featured in NAIS and Net Assets.
As independent schools have focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice they have increased the diversity within the student body but the faculty and staff statistics have remained largely the same. If at all, aligning diversity goals with hiring practices often arises in conversation during the hiring season and most often in a cursory manner with administrators feeling frustrated with outcomes.
Participants will 1) learn specific strategies to be implemented, whether hiring or not, to better align goals and practices; 2) learn about the five-step hiring plan and how to connect it to your school’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice goals; 3) receive a detailed 40+ page workbook with specific plans to be implemented immediately and a digital library of resources to support the process at home; and 4) gain strategies for immediate implementation.
is a clinician, consultant, and educator with experience as a middle school principal, assistant head of lower school, and counselor in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Jen works with public and private schools around the country, is a speaker at national conferences, and contributor to many journals, magazines, and blogs. She is the host of an internationally syndicated podcast "Third Space with Jen Cort" bringing student, faculty, staff, and parent voices focusing on equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice to educators.
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