New Faculty Orientation, August 18, 2014
Lori Gentles, Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion extended a very warm welcome to the new faculty. We are so pleased that our months of recruiting has resulted in such a diverse and enthusiastic cohort of new faculty eager to work with a diverse student population largely made up of first generation college students.
Faculty truly have a special and noble mission as they are charged with educating and touching the lives of these young adults. Their role is not only to prepare them to compete in, but to thrive in global society and to be stewards of social justice and world sustainability.
The Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion is largely borne of the Strategic Plan goal number 3 which is to recruit and retain high quality and diverse faculty and staff. The division has existed all of one year, so this orientation is extra special to us as it is the first fall semester that HR has had the opportunity to partner with the Faculty Development Center to design and implement an orientation program for new faculty.
This partnership is significant as it symbolizes a very intentional movement toward the "One University" concept where the faculty/academic side of the house, Human Resources and all other divisions and colleges work toward the good of the institution. We've developed a very robust 2-day program highlighting the areas we believe will create a foundation for your success and further provide a context into the great institution you are now a member of.
We are committed to your success and HRDI will be a vital resource for you throughout your career. We see ourselves as cultural architects-building and shaping organizational culture in alignment with University goals and touching the lives of all employees from recruitment to retirement and everything in between.
Some new programs and activities you will learn about in the upcoming weeks include a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program that will provide invaluable resources and information to help employees deal with a myriad of issues including elder and childcare, relationship and communication issues, financial and legal concerns, etc. You will also learn more about the results of the campus wide climate survey implemented last spring and the subsequent University Diversity Action Plan that will be developed.
We look forward to working with you throughout your career.