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Skidmore College

Preparing for an Institutional Diversity Audit

10 a.m. – noon

[Staff & Faculty Workshop]

Implementing systematic diversity transformation requires embracing all aspects of diversity—gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identification, and other salient characteristics of difference—as well as race and ethnicity. Based on a newly published book, Conducting an Institutional Diversity Audit in Higher Education: A Practitioner’s Guide to Systematic Diversity Transformation, this session discusses how campuses can prepare to undertake an institutional diversity audit. The process is designed to be implemented by and within the institution, saving the considerable expense of outside consulting and design. In addition, it offers flexibility in the timing and sequence of implementation, and provides the means for each institution to interrogate its unique circumstances, context, and practices. This session will discuss the process of instigating cultural change, developing a values-based framework, creating readiness for change, and implementing a diversity accountability model that can successfully enable campuses to identify strengths and areas for improvement, and create a long-term strategy for diversity transformation.



Dr. Edna B. Chun Dr. Edna B. Chun is an award-winning author and educational thought leader with more than two decades of strategic human resource and diversity leadership experience in public higher education. She serves as Lecturer in Human Capital Management at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies and is Chief Learning Officer for HigherEd Talent, a national diversity and human resources consulting firm. She is a sought-after speaker on talent management and diversity strategies and serves on a number of national advisory boards.

Dr. Chun has co-authored eleven books and numerous journal articles in the areas of talent management, human resources, and diversity. Two of her books, Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity and Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education received the prestigious Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). The New Talent Acquisition Frontier, the first book to lay out a concrete roadmap to the integration of HR and diversity strategy, was awarded a silver medal in the 2014 Axiom Business Book Awards. Her co-authored books include The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader; Creating a Tipping Point: Strategic Human Resources in Higher Education; and Leading a Diversity Culture Shift in Higher Education.  Her most recent books are Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education with Joe Feagin and Conducting an Institutional Diversity Audit in Higher Education with Alvin Evans. Dr. Chun holds the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees with High Distinction from Indiana University, the Master of Arts from Columbia University, and the Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College

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