CMU receives award for its "Excellence Through Inclusion" initiative

Higher education HR organization recognizes CMU for its impact on inclusion, diversity

Central Michigan University has received the 2013 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The award recognizes the university’s “Excellence Through Inclusion” initiative.

The initiative, launched in 2007, was created with the intent to help build awareness of issues of diversity, increase cultural competence, equip staff and faculty with the skills needed to recognize inappropriate behavior, and create a better understanding about the importance of inclusion at the university.

“This was a campaign on campus to examine intergroup relations and increase the level of cultural competency among staff,” said Amy McGinnis, a CMU human resources faculty member. “We used real-life scenarios and incidents happening at CMU in order to spark that dialogue.”

As a collaborative effort of several university offices and departments, this multiyear, multiphased campaign and training program used a variety of multimedia approaches, including theater, posters, live vignettes, workshops, speakers and video.

McGinnis and Ulana Klymyshyn, a CMU College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty member, will be accepting the award on behalf of CMU at the CUPA-HR conference in Las Vegas. 

This CUPA-HR award recognizes and celebrates institutional initiatives and programs that have made a significant impact with respect to inclusive and equitable workplace practices, particularly those that have brought about cultural change throughout the organization.