Partnership With Human Resources and Diversity Brings Changes to Affirmative Action
Dr. Alfreda Brown
The plan realigns some of the current affirmative action responsibilities, including assessing diversity in the retention and recruitment of faculty and staff. Under the new plan, Affirmative Action and Diversity will share the responsibility for overseeing diversity in the recruitment of faculty, including position request authorizations (PRAs) and waivers. The Affirmative Action office will continue to oversee recruitment, PRAs and waivers for classified and unclassified positions.
Brown says sharing this function will help her office achieve one of its goals. “My role at Kent State is to help bring clarity to the definition of inclusive excellence as it relates to creating an enhanced and welcoming environment,” says Brown. “Part of that process is to ensure we attract and retain a diverse group of faculty, staff and students.”
Walker adds that as he and Brown developed the plan, it made sense to move some of the Affirmative Action diversity-related functions to the new area. “Even though these units will be housed in different divisions, there will be a great deal of sharing of information and partnering,” he says. “The ultimate goal is to optimize our resources, increase our efficiency and make this change seamless to our customers.”
The changes are highlighted below and took effect Feb. 15:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Diversity division will also be responsible for:
Belinda Duncan, formerly with Affirmative Action, will be the equal opportunity and diversity training manager. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The AA office will remain in Terrace Hall and will be led by Tiffany Murray, director, and Jacque Glinn, manger, Human Resources Compliance.
For additional information or if you have questions, contact the Affirmative Action office at 330-672-2038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.