Upcoming Keynotes and Events
Upper Midwest HERC Meeting
The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader
St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Friday, November 17, 2017
Spring HERC Meeting
Leveraging Diversity: The Department Chairs’ Transformative Role
This highly interactive seminar will focus on concrete research-based approaches and strategies to strengthen department chair leadership in the area of diversity.
March 30, 2017
The New Talent Management Paradigm: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
New England HERC Fall Diversity Conference
“Celebrating 10 Years of Diversity and Inclusive Recruitment in the New England Region.”
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA 02446
November 4, 2016
Dr. Edna Chun, author of The Academic Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education will provide the afternoon keynote remarks and we will hold a series of roundtables focused on discussing best practices in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff within higher education institutions. We look forward to seeing you on November 4th!
To register, please click here.
2016 Academic Chairperson’s Conference
February 5, 2016, Charleston, SC
Join Dr. Edna Chun, Professor Jane Sell of Texas A&M University, and Professor Earl Smith (retired) of Wake Forest University for a Pre-conference Institute at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity Conference in Washington, D.C.
Advancing The Department Chair’s Role in Diversity Transformation
The goal of the institute is to provide campus leadership, faculty, diversity officers, HR professionals, and administrators with concrete research-based approaches, tools, and strategies to strengthen department chair leadership in the area of diversity. Since almost all the research literature is silent in this area and little chair training is provided in the area of diversity both nationally and locally, this workshop will utilize case models, presentations, and vignettes to lay out a systematic approach to advancing the multidimensional role of academic department chairs in diversity transformation. Drawing on extensive research from Edna Chun and Alvin Evans’ recently published book, The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education, the institute shares best practices and models that highlight the role of the chair in building diversity through formal and informal organizational processes; inclusive classroom environments; curricular approaches; mentoring programs that address the identity development of diverse students; and creation of a welcoming and collaborative departmental climate.
A specific focus of the workshop is on the challenges faced by chairs from non-dominant groups, including female, minority, and lesbian/gay/transgendered individuals who serve in predominantly white departments. To illustrate the complex dynamics in institutional power structures, participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies that illustrate the dilemmas chairs face in their role as diversity change agents and the nexus between the faculty and the administration. In addition, the institute will provide concrete resources that will assist the participants in the development of chair training for diversity on their campuses. As an important takeaway from the pre-conference institute, participants will develop and discuss a customized diversity action plan using conceptual lenses, assessment tools, and guides provided as part of the workshop.
This workshop will appeal to diversity leaders, HR professionals, presidents, provosts, deans, department chairs and faculty in the creation of strategies for advancing diversity in the academic department, college, school, and institution as a whole.
PeopleAdmin’s 12th Annual Client Conference May 13-15 2015, Austin, Texas
Join Dr. Chun for a special seminar and book signing at PeopleAdmin’s upcoming conference!
9:00 am – 10:00 am, May 15th // The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader. Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education
With the imminent demographic shifts in our society and the need to prepare students for citizenship in a global, knowledge-based society, the role of the academic department chair in creating diverse and inclusive learning environments is arguably the most pivotal position in higher education today. The department chair represents the nexus between the faculty and the administration and is positioned uniquely to impact diversity progress.
This session examines the multidimensional contributions that chairs make in advancing diversity within their departments and institutions in the representation of diverse faculty and staff; in tenure and promotion; curricular change; student learning outcomes; and departmental climate. The scope and content is not limited to institutions in the United States but is applicable to academic institutions globally in their efforts to address the access and success of increasingly diverse student populations.
Racial and Ethnic Studies Institute, 2014-2015 Colloquium Series
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Advancing the Department Chair’s Role in Diversity Transformation
October 29, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Indianapolis, Indiana
Meet the Author
The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education
The academic chair stands at the crossroads of diversity transformation in higher education today. If higher education is to address the preparation of students for citizenship in a global, knowledge-based society, the role of the academic department chair in creating diverse and inclusive learning environments is arguably the most pivotal position in colleges and universities.
As the first research-based book devoted to the department chair’s diversity leadership role, this book draws upon an extensive survey and interview sample of department chairs throughout the United States to explore the ways in which chairs can influence and promote the success and progress of diverse faculty, staff, and students within the academic department. A particular area of focus in our study is the differential experiences faced by chairs who are members of non-dominant groups in their efforts to promote diversity in a largely white male academic hierarchy. The book provides best practices and concrete strategies designed to assist presidents, provosts, deans, department chairs, administrators, chief diversity officers, and human resource professionals in enhancing the pivotal role of the academic department in diversity leadership.
- The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education
“The Academic Department as the Lever for Diversity Change,” Brody School of Medicine Spring Conference, East Carolina University, March, 2014.
In this keynote address, Dr. Chun discusses the particular challenges women and minority faculty face in formal and informal processes within the academic department and specific strategies that department chairs can implement to advance diversity progress.
“The New Talent Acquisition Frontier” Address to the PeopleConnect Conference, Austin, Texas, May 15, 2014.
Join the Board of Directors of CUPA-HR and PeopleAdmin, the largest provider of Talent Management software in higher education for a discussion of Edna Chun and Alvin Evans’ recent book, The New Talent Acquisition Frontier, at the PeopleAdmin National Conference, Austin, Texas on May 15, 2014. A book signing will follow.
CUPA-HR DIVERSITY PANEL – 12:30 – 1:30, May 15th
“Navigating Talent Management Frontiers: The Successful Integration of HR and Diversity for Recruitment Success on Campus” featuring members of CUPA-HR’s Board of Directors
This keynote session will feature the work CUPA-HR continues to deliver around their diversity efforts, including the contributions they made to the book, “The New Talent Acquisition Frontier” on which this session will focus. Talent management areas that will be addressed are: the framework of systems, processes, workplace climate that support diversity in recruitment, retention and development of employees.
Moderator: Leah Burns – Chief Development Officer for CUPA-HR & Diversity Expert Panel
Also, join us for a meet & greet and book signing with, Edna Chun is Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Alvin Evans Interim Vice President of Human Resources for Kent State University, authors of “The New talent Acquisition Frontier”.
“Meet the Author: The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Indianapolis, Indiana, May 27, 2014
=Join Dr. Chun as she previews her forthcoming co-authored book and shares findings from this first research-based study of the chair’s role in diversity transformation based on an extensive survey and interview sample.
“The Academic Department as the Lever for Diversity Change,” Brody School of Medicine Spring Conference, East Carolina University, March, 2014.
In this keynote address, Dr. Chun will discuss the particular challenges women and minority faculty face in formal and informal processes within the academic department and specific strategies that department chairs can implement to advance diversity progress.
“The New Talent Acquisition Frontier,” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Diversity and Inclusion Conference, San Francisco, California, September 2013.
In this session, Dr. Chun partners with Dr. Rohini Anand, Global Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Sodexo Corporation to discuss the integration of HR and diversity strategy with a focus on practical tools and specific performance indicators to assess integrated HR/diversity planning.
“Meet the Author: The New Talent Frontier,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2013.
Join Dr. Chun as she shares ten common themes across the private, public, and higher education sectors that promote the development of integrated and synergistic HR and diversity strategy. In addition, she discusses barriers that impede the development of HR/diversity strategy and provides specific recommendations for overcoming these barriers.
“Building Inclusive University Leadership: Perspectives on Diverse Administrators in Peril,” Keynote address, Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice in America, Baruch College, City University of New York, November 20, 2012.
The Ackerman Lecture series invites leading intellectuals and public figures to address major questions of equality and social justice. Dr. Chun will share perspectives on building inclusive university leadership based on the first in-depth study of the challenges of minority, female, and LGBT administrators in higher education.
“Sustainable Compensation,” Webinar for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, August 21, 2012.
This webinar (www.aashe.org/files/documents/STARS/aug_webinar_ppt.pdf) is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and Dr. Chun and Trey McDonald, Sustainability Coordinator, discussed the University of North Carolina’s award-winning sustainable compensation practices.
“Meet the Author, Diverse Administrators in Peril,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), New York City, June 1, 2012.
“Conducting a Strategic HR Efficiency Study,” College and University Professional Association Southern Region Conference, Savannah, Georgia, April 2, 2012.
Dr. Chun leads a panel from the Human Resources Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to discuss how to develop a strategy Efficiency Study and shares the processes, data, and tools used by the department to implement a comprehensive study that supports continuous improvement.
“Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Faculty and Staff,” North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners Conference, Durham, North Carolina, December 2, 2011.
Bridging the Gap between Diversity and Inclusion in the Academic Workplace, East Carolina University, November 3, 2010.
Join Dr. Chun as she discusses best practices for building inclusive workplaces in academia at a half-day diversity seminar hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations unit at East Carolina University (ECU). This seminar is designed to educate faculty and staff about the difference between being a diverse workplace and being an inclusive workplace and will include a plenary panel.
Strategies for Inclusion,The Florida College System College Equity Officers Technical Assistance Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 27, 2010
Bridging the Diversity Divide: Building a Concrete Action Plan for Inclusion, CUPA HR National Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 19-21, 2009
Learn how to build an action plan for diversity and inclusion based upon research findings and best practices. This workshop will include concrete tools, measurement strategies, and organizational learning initiatives that will help institutions of higher education transform institutional culture and bridge the diversity divide.
Overcoming Barriers to Diversity through Improvisational Theater, CUPA-HR Southern Region Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, May 19, 2009
American Association for Affirmative Action National Conference, April 1, 2009 in Lincolnshire, Illinois
Building a 21st Century Accountability Model for Diversity
CUPA-HR National Conference, October 13, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri
Drama and Diversity: Illuminating Behavioral and organizational Barriers to Diversity
Florida CUPA-HR, April 14, 2008 in Orlando, Florida
Overcoming Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity
CUPA Southern Regional Conference, June 9, 2008 in Charleston, South Carolina, Bridging the Diversity Divide: Cultural Change Strategies
In this session, Chun and Evans engaged participants in the development of strategies designed to overcome organizational defensive routines and promote cultural change in support of diversity. The session drew upon research findings presented in the co-authors’ forthcoming book as well as related insights from their earlier book, Are the Walls Really Down?.
CUPA-HR National Conference, Nov 9, 2007 in Baltimore, MD
Overcoming Contemporary Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Diversity
Chun and Evans relate insights and research findings drawn from the newly published book: Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity. Participants defined and studied behavioral and organizational workplace barriers in the higher education workplace that can impede the progress and success of minority and women faculty and administrators.
American Association of Affirmative Action National Conference, April 2007 in Austin,Texas
Overcoming Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Diversity
This session shared strategies in overcoming behavioral and organizational barriers to diversity and provided the participants with key terminology pertinent to forms of twenty-first century discrimination. The session drew upon research findings to discuss how to formulate a successful institution-wide diversity initiative.
CUPA-HR Southern Region Conference, March 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Building and Sustaining an Institution-wide Diversity Initiative
This session focused on how to build and sustain a progressive, institution-wide diversity initiative and discussed stages of diversity development, barriers to diversity progress, and provided a framework for building a workplace of inclusion through reciprocal empowerment. The seminar discussed key elements of diversity strategic planning and drew upon participants’ experiences at their campuses and the specific insights gained from these best practices.
Keynote Speaker: Baruch College, Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lectures on Equality and Justice in America
“Building Inclusive University Leadership: Perspectives on Diverse Administrators in Peril”