Hiring, Hiring Practices, Inclusive Hiring, Inclusion, Empathy, Residencies, Hiring Toolkit


Library and Information Science


This presentation will explore perspectives on inclusive hiring practices from both sides of the table. Grand Valley State University Libraries developed inclusive recruitment and high-empathy hiring practices, which they implemented in 2018. The Dean and a past diversity resident team up to dissect the hiring process from both of their perspectives. Annie Bélanger discusses the work behind critically examining the existing hiring process, designing an inclusive recruitment plan, and implementing a new structure in order to ensure empathy to applicants going through the process. Preethi Gorecki then discusses the impact of inclusive hiring on perceptions of the work environment, satisfaction with the search, and overall experience of the hiring process. Originally presented at the 2019 Library Diversity and Residency Studies Conference, this presentation was updated to include more content as well as newer experiences of the presenters.