• Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives

  • 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.

    Spring 2012 Pilot Initiative Overview

    In Spring 2012, pilot program participants tracked their attendance at all applicable events throughout the spring semester, assigning pre-determined points to each event attended.  They were then assigned an achievement level based on the points they accumulated. Over 60 staff members, representing one-sixth of the staff population, voluntarily participated in the initiative.  Related, over 50 staff members participated in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a five-part program aimed at increasing staff members' intercultural awareness.  This was a tremendous effort on the part of Hamline University staff individually and as a whole.  With such enthusiastic response, the program was expanded during the 2012-2013 school year.

    Staff receiving top recognition during Spring 2012 Pilot Program:

    • Caitlin Badger, School of Education
    • Sherri Fernandez-Williams, Career Development Center
    • Dan Fleischhacker, Writing Center
    • Dorcas Michaelson, Human Resources
    • Jules Thompson, Writing Center

    2012-2013 Initiative Overview

    During the 2012-2013 academic year, in addition to two kick-off sessions as well as publicizing and supporting university events sponsored by departments and student organizations, the SDDI Committee offered three Book Clubs and five new programmatic opportunities for staff to learn about diversity issues covering such topics as religion, veteran issues, and international student issues, as well as two programs on disability issues in collaboration with the Disability Resources Office.  Additionally, the committee expanded sponsored a formal end-of-the-year event to celebrate the forty staff members who achieved formal recognition for participating in the program.

    Staff receiving top recognition for 2012-2013:

    • Molly Doran, School of Education
    • Christine Jensen, Career Development Center
    • Kimberly Feilmeyer, Bush Library
    • Dorcas Michaelson, Human Resources
    • Katharine Romme, Information Technology Services

    Plans for 2013-2014

    In response to staff feedback from the 2013 kick-off event, during the 2013-2014 academic year, the committee will be offering monthly diversity article reading circles, Fall and Spring Book Clubs, and programs on veterans' experiences, race and ethnicity, socio-economic class and immigration issues. 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).

    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 2013-2014 Diversity Events List on the right navigation bar.


    2013 Staff Diversity Development Initiative Kick-Off Presentation >  

    Program Overview