The GVSU Career Center is committed to advancing equity and inclusion within our institution and in the communities where our students and graduates live and work. We understand that recruiting a diverse and inclusive workforce is one of the most important challenges facing organizations today. While diverse talent is important to you as an employer, working in an organization that values inclusion and equity is equally important to our learners. Our students and alumni are researching what potential employers are doing to create inclusive environments for all employees, and selecting to work with organizations who embrace this culture.
Here are some steps to get started:
Step 1: Know Your Workplace DEI Culture
Step 2: Use Inclusive Recruitment Best Practices
- Utilizing the guiding questions above, ensure your organization's campus representatives are prepared to openly discuss and answer questions about your organization’s demonstrated commitment diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Reduce barriers. Setting GPA requirements and narrow qualifications (such as allowable majors, school years or mandating numerous years of experience) are practices which limit candidate pools.
- Ensure pay transparency and equity.
- Candidates are more likely to apply to postings where a salary range is listed, and the employer demonstrates a commitment to equal pay (e.g. conducts audits for gender and racial pay equity).
- Offer paid internships - often only the most privileged candidates are able to take on unpaid experiential learning opportunities.
- Include examples of how your organization supports an inclusive and equitable work culture or link to DEI resources in your Handshake profile (i.e. list employee resource or mentoring groups, community engagement efforts, etc.)