Growing a Diverse Faculty

Hiring exists in an ecology that goes beyond the search committee to include department and college leadership as well as university policies and climate. MERISTEM Grow, in collaboration with Develop and Heal, takes a holistic approach to improving the recruitment and hiring of historically excluded faculty (HEF). Hiring faculty from a variety of social groups is an important step, and one that must be supported with efforts to retain and promote those faculty and create a climate in which those faculty can thrive. Because of this, Grow’s success is tied to the work of the Develop and Heal groups.

Current Projects

Search Committee Training

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s equity-focused training is now mandatory for all DU faculty search committees.

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Equity Advisors

Human Resources and Inclusive Community staff will act as an “equity advisor” to engage STEM faculty search committees in problem solving and demonstrating best practices in equity hiring.

Leadership Training and Funding

Chairs and deans who complete equity training will have access to submit proposals to the DU-GROW Deans and Chairs Fund. This funding can be used for creative recruitment approaches.

“DU GROW is really uniquely situated in understanding how are we preparing our on-campus folk, especially leadership, to understand the connection of equitable hiring practices to equitable retention practices.”

Kristin Deal, Co-PI and Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Equitable Hiring Resources

Search Committee Training

DU requires all search committees to take a training developed by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The training is one part of the Division’s efforts to help hiring managers conduct fair search processes that include a large and diverse pool of applicants. 

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DEI Action Plan

The DEI Action Plan outlines five impact areas with specific steps DU will take to work toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive DU. DEI Impact Area 3 is to “invest in and provide training for students, staff, and faculty.” The second action item is to “Advance Faculty Diversity & Retention”.

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