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STRIDE Courses for Staff Now Available

STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) for Staff is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Human Resources, the Office of Equity and Diversity, and the STRIDE for Faculty Committee. Work on the program included research, a pilot program, and feedback phases.

STRIDE for Staff is modeled after STRIDE for Faculty. STRIDE for Faculty was created to revitalize efforts to hire and retain a diverse faculty, and incorporates academic research on the effects of bias and the benefits of a diverse workplace.

STRIDE for Staff workshop participants will receive tips on how to create and maintain an inclusive workplace, learn to identify their own biases and how they can impact the workplace, complete interactive exercises and discussions, and participate in a step-by-step mock search. The workshop also includes information about writing job descriptions, the screening process, and appropriate and inappropriate interview questions.

Three workshops are planned for the fall semester that will support the efforts to hire a diverse staff and incorporate inclusive practices into candidate searches. Managers, search committee members, and those who work closely in hiring exempt and non-exempt staff are encouraged to attend this program.

The workshops are scheduled for 1:30­–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 17; 8:30–11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 7; and 1:30–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 5. The sessions are free and are all held in 156–157 Plant Biotech Building on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus. Register to attend online using K@TE.

The STRIDE for Staff Committee includes Mary Lucal, associate vice chancellor for HR; Izetta Slade, associate director of OED; Melissa George, HR recruiter; and Nick Meanza, OED equal employment opportunity investigator.


For more information, contact HR at 865-946-8847.

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