Inclusion Advocates Program
What Are Inclusion Advocates?
The Inclusion Advocate (“IA”) is a specialized role to search committees for faculty, AP Staff, and PSS/MGS/DPS employment searches. The IA is intended to facilitate dialogue around inclusive talent acquisition and ensure that faculty and AP staff searches are conducted in an equitable manner.
Equity and inclusion are essential to Grand Valley State University's mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. We do this by creating an inclusive environment where differences are valued, allowing individuals to reach their highest plateaus of professional success. In this environment, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are institutional values that are woven into the fabric of the University.
Why do we have inclusion advocates?
Seismic shifts in the global landscape are transforming the way we work, interact, and learn. Economic forces, changing talent needs, evolving demographic trends, increased competition, and demand for services are radically impacting the way organizations behave in virtually every industry all over the world.
- By 2020, 5 generations will be working side-by-side in organizations
- By 2025, Millennials and Generation X will comprise approximately 64% of the U.S. workforce
- By 2025, it is projected that less than 60% is likely to self-identify as "white non-Hispanic"
As the workforce continues to evolve as it reflects global integration, so too must our approach to talent acquisition. In creating an inclusively diverse faculty and staff community, we can ensure our students receive a world-class education that will prepare them to be global citizens.
Virtual Inclusion Advocate Annual Convening
Thank you for joining us in October 2022 for our last meeting!
Please check back here in fall 2023 for our next session.
Learn more about the past session here.
The Division of Inclusion and Equity has revised the requirements and responsibilities of Inclusion Advocates and search committees regarding the use of Inclusion Advocates. Updated information has been posted (as of November 1, 2016). Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.