• Staff Diversity Development Initiative

    The Staff Diversity Development Initiative (SDDI) was launched in Spring 2012 with the goal of assisting University staff members in: 

    • Developing knowledge, awareness and skills for strengthening their work in and with our diverse community of learners and workers; 
    • Supporting student learning, acclimation and success in the university community;
    • Achieving their individual professional and personal diversity goals as outlined in their annual performance reviews; and 
    • Assisting Hamline University to achieve our diversity goals and aspiration in their respective roles, responsibilities and units.  

    2013-2014 Initiative Overview

    During the 2013-2014 academic year, the committee offered monthly diversity article reading circles. The Fall Book Club was on Tim Wise’s Between Barack and A Hard Place. Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (2009), while the Spring Book Club will be on Alfred Lubrano’s Limbo. Blue-Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams (2004). Original programming covered such topics as the disability civil right movement, race, and international/immigration issues. Additionally, two screenings and discussions of the documentary “Cracking the Codes of Racial Inequity” were offered.  We capped the year with the Staff Diversity Development Recognition Reception with refreshments, entertainment, remarks from Provost Jensen and celebration of staff participation in the diversity initiative. 

    In addition to programmatic outcomes, other successes include:  

    • Conducting an assessment of staff professional development interests and needs; 
    • Streamlining the tracking tool for staff to provide a convenient and efficient way to track their participation in diversity events and programs; 
    • Improvements to the staff diversity website and other communication outlets; and 
    • Increased staff participation in the initiative.   

    Over 100 staff members participated in the initiative, including 54 staff members receiving special recognition. Of these, 18 members received gold recognition, 6 staff members received bronze recognition, and 15 received gold recognition.

    Staff receiving top recognition for 2013-2014: 

    • Katie Adams, Center for Academic Services 
    • Molly Doran, School of Education 
    • Kimberly Feilmeyer, Bush Library 
    • Lori Larkin, Human Resources. 
    • Dorcas Michaelson, Human Resources 
    • Chris McGrath, Information Technology Services 

    Additionally, the Human Resources Office received special recognition for 100% staff participation in the Initiative.

    For more information about this year's program, view the Kick-Off Presentation below and the Program Overview. 

    For more information on the many activities, programs and events that count towards participation in the Staff Diversity Development Initiative, click on the 2014-2015 Diversity Events List on the right navigation bar.

    2013 Staff Diversity Development Initiative Kick-Off Presentation >  

    Program Overview