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Rewards and Challenges of Diversity Programs

Magazine article HRMagazine

Rewards and Challenges of Diversity Programs

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Employers benefit from diversity programs well beyond ensuring compliance with federal laws, a SHRM member told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a recent meeting.

"By fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, organizations will attract and retain the highest level of talent," said Iliana Castillo-Frick, chief human resources officer for Miami Dade College, speaking on behalf of SHRM at the meeting in April.

Fifty years after the EEOC opened its doors, the commission heard from panelists who discussed the progress and challenges of efforts to promote equal opportunity in the workplace.

About 57 percent of HR professionals say their recruiting strategies are designed to increase diversity in their organization, said Castillo-Frick, citing findings from SHRM's 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Survey. Diversity and inclusion are a key part of the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, the foundation for the SHRM professional HR certification. …

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