U-46 Makes Plan for Minority Recruitment, Cultural Training

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U-46 Makes Plan for Minority Recruitment, Cultural Training


Byline: Madhu Krishnamurthy mkrishnamurthy@dailyherald.com

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials have developed a recruitment plan emphasizing the hiring of minorities and cultural competency training for employees.

The state's second-largest school district also is one of the most diverse -- 68 percent of its more than 40,000 students are ethnic minorities.

Yet, it is among districts with the largest gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers -- about 46 percentage points.

Among the ideas proposed is using social media to connect to a larger, more diverse talent pool of qualified candidates, and offering coaching for administrators involved in hiring on diversity recruitment, interviewing techniques, and cultural sensitivity.

Officials propose establishing a diversity staffing advisory committee to help with that process.

Officials also plan to tap into teaching candidates from foreign countries who could be sponsored for work visas, foster relationships with historically black colleges and universities that can help identify potential hires, and participate in diversity job fairs and conferences.

U-46's human resources department also will be reorganized as part of the plan to develop a recruitment team that will help build professional partnerships with colleges and universities; community, neighborhood and church groups; and minority professional organizations, Melanie Meidel, assistant superintendent of human resources, told the school board earlier this week.

"The new recruitment model will allow recruiters to screen applications on a daily basis," Meidel said. "This is just one piece of the strategic human resources plan. We have to redesign the human resources department to support this plan. Everybody wants to get out there and start recruiting. …

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