An ExCITE-ing Pulse Check

Sixteen participants from nine of the 15 organizations represented on the CIO Council attended the  Explore Careers in Technology Event (ExCITE) Pulse Check on July 28. This CIO Council check-in featured two fantastic guest speakers:

  • Danielle Hilmes, University HR’s Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, provided information on a UHR pilot that specifically focuses on moving the needle in hiring and career mobility of Blacks and other people of color. 

  • Amy Shy, Senior Director of HR for Business Affairs, spoke on the Business Affairs Racial Justice Initiative (BA RJI), which is entering its third year. BA RJI aims to make the changes necessary to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment.

Participants joined two breakout sessions in which they discussed the progress and challenges faced with diversifying hiring and advancement opportunities. The following themes came out of these discussions: tools, candidate pool, talent search and acquisition, and career advancement.

The Year Up program received several kudos, although concerns were raised about a lack of funding to convert interns into full-time staff. While many of the participant comments will need to be addressed by UHR directly, POC-IT is excited to explore how they can address participant concerns, such as a lack of tools for hiring managers.

POC-IT is looking to incorporate ideas generated from the Pulse Check into the next ExCITE event in November. Stay tuned for more information! 

Recordings of the breakout sessions will not be shared to protect the privacy of these conversations. A PDF version of the slide deck from the Pulse Check can be found here


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