Dear Gallaudet and Clerc Center employees:

 

Human Resources Transformation

As part of Gallaudet’s Anti-racism Commitment, we are in the midst of HR transformation work which is being led by a Transforming the Work Experience Committee. The statement can be found on the Belonging and Equity website under #11. The committee consists of several University leaders, including Dominic Lacy, Chief Operating Officer; Christina Shen-Austin, Executive Director, Human Resources; Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Chief Diversity Officer; and Dr. Khadijat Rashid, Dean of the Faculty. The committee is currently identifying an HR consultant who will work closely with the committee on its work.

The purpose of this HR transformation work is to review current human resources policies,  procedures, and systems for staff, faculty, and teachers and identify gaps with an anti-racism framework. We want to ensure that the employee experience is at the center of how we design and deliver our services to all employees. The University understands the importance and value of Human Resources and wants to ensure that it provides sufficient resources, which includes technology, to ensure that these goals are achieved.

Although the hiring process for staff was fully reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and legal counsel in January 2019, the University is open to another set of reviews for the hiring process during the HR transformation work. This time, it will include a review of the hiring processes for faculty, teachers, and temporary employees which are currently not managed by the Office of Human Resources. One important piece of information for the community is that over the years, the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EEO) has authority over the hiring processes. The search committees, interview questions, design of the search process, and final hiring decisions must be approved by EEO. We are committed to ensuring that EEO will continue to have the same authority.

As shared with the community in January 2020, the HR team developed an updated vision, mission, goals, and core values statement. The HR transformation work will support us in achieving those goals. We are truly excited to begin the work.

 

Anti-racism Training

On September 3, Human Resources sent an announcement about anti-racism training in collaboration with the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Gallaudet Staff Council, and the Organization for Equity for Staff of Color. There was an overwhelming response for the Unconscious Bias and Racial Oppression workshops. It is so inspiring to see many employees showing a willingness to learn and unpack. Due to the amount of interest, Monroe Pedagogy will provide the two-day workshops again on Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. This training will be open to regular and extended temporary staff and faculty. To apply, please complete this application form. Please note that employees who completed the training sessions will receive a certificate of completion. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 30 at noon Eastern Time.

For the facilitated discussion, we recognized that the commitment twice a week during the mornings can be difficult for some employees. After requests from employees, Monroe Pedagogy has agreed to provide the facilitated discussion on Tuesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time from October 13 through December 8 (no class on Tuesday, November 24). This will be open to regular and extended temporary staff and faculty. Those who attend at least seven sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Monroe Pedagogy has created a helpful video to help employees understand what the facilitated group discussion entails. To apply, please complete this application form. The application deadline is Monday, October 5 at noon Eastern Time

Lastly, Academic Affairs is hosting Bias Interrupter training on Wednesday, October 14 during Common Time (noon to 1:50 p.m. Eastern Time). Bias interrupters use the practice of interrupting the hidden or implicit biases in an organization to create change in the basic institutional systems and structures that perpetuate bias. This training is open to all staff and faculty. The Bias Interrupter training will be offered by Bendita Cynthia Malakia of Hogan Lovells and Dr. Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Faculty Administrator of Faculty Development. Registration details will be shared as the date gets closer.

 

Required Annual Compliance

At the beginning of each fiscal year, all employees are required to complete the annual compliance requirements, which includes Title IX, conflict of interest, and a confidentiality agreement. As stated in an announcement from Human Resources on August 19, employees will be required to take three new training modules as part of the annual compliance training: Diversity and Inclusion, FERPA Basics, and Ethics in the Workplace. The training modules must be completed by Friday, December 4. Please be on the lookout for emails from Human Resources with the conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement forms. The training modules will be delivered by Everfi.

 

Thank you. As always, please feel free to send an email to hr@gallaudet.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Human Resources