Subcommittee on Staff

Staff play a critical role in enabling the university to achieve its mission to serve students first and provide essential support for faculty productivity in instruction and research. As such, staff at KSU, like many colleges and universities, would benefit from ongoing education on various concerns related to racial issues to better understand and serve students and to mitigate against intended and unintended discrimination experienced or levied by staff and their colleagues.

To inform its recommendations, the Subcommittee on Staff analyzed feedback from the listening sessions and emerged with three general themes related to issues and concerns of race among KSU staff: communications, hiring, and education and training.

Based on its research, the Subcommittee on Staff submits the following recommendations.

Communications:

  • As appropriate, develop culturally responsive statements in response to unrest in a timely manner.
  • Develop a diversity plan for KSU to evaluate the progress towards specific goals regarding action steps taken to alleviate racial issues and increase accountability.
  • Establish a diversity report card to outline specific goals and outcomes to be used to measure each division’s progress toward achieving strategic goals that address the racial diversity of their respective units.
  • Ensure all policies and procedures provide clear guidelines for KSU staff on how to report and seek redress for racial issues.

Hiring:

  • Conduct an assessment of staff equity through Human Resources to evaluate hiring practices, positions, and salary disparities by race as well as the impact of disparities on racial equity among staff at various levels.
  • Establish division-level diversity liaisons to serve as a point of access for cultivating racial diversity awareness and best practices, facilitating a sense of belonging, and providing confidential support for staff at all levels to safely share any grievances or experiences of discrimination and microaggressions without fear of retaliation.

Education and training:

  • Review C.O.R.E.D.’s list of diversity challenges and recommendations and implement as appropriate. These challenges and recommendations include the following.
    • Formal education for students, faculty, and staff regarding Title VII (for race) and Title IX training, sexual harassment, and assault trainings.
    • Ensure student voices are heard when designing and developing programming for students of color and other marginalized populations.
    • Create an affinity or support group for international faculty.
    • Develop and interactive guide or handbook to assist international faculty at KSU.
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