SoACE Commitment to Diversity

The Southern Association of College and Employers is committed to attaining a pluralistic, diverse membership and providing access to all programs and resources to individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability or appearance. The SouthernACE encourages the recruitment and professional development of individuals from all groups by continually developing, examining, and instituting policies, practices and procedures.


Diversity & Inclusion Goals and Initiatives

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee seeks to foster inclusivity among SoACE Membership. Through programming, resource sharing and ongoing communication regarding diversity initiatives, the Committee strives to both promote and celebrate diversity. Through a collaborative use of best practices, programs, and resources, college and employer members will be able to better address the diverse needs of students and the ever-changing landscape of higher education and career services.

Ongoing Initiatives:

D & I “Tweets”: Follow SoACE on Twitter in order to receive weekly tweets related to Diversity and Inclusion. Obtain tips and increase your knowledge on all things related to diversity.

Diversity Spotlight: Read the “Diversity Spotlight” in the SoACE newsletter in order to stay current on Diversity & Inclusion happenings within SoACE membership and beyond.

Diversity Dialogues: Watch your email for the opportunity to participate in a “Diversity Dialogue” once a semester – in the comfort of your own office. These free webinars will allow SoACE members to discuss specific diversity issues while sharing best practices and exchanging ideas.

Diversity & Inclusion Awareness at the SoACE Conference: During the annual SoACE Conference, the D & I Committee will be on hand to celebrate diversity through outreach and giveaways. The Committee also serves as a sponsor for diversity related keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

Diversity “In the Know”: “Best Practices,” resources and news articles on diversity and inclusion in order to keep you “in the know” about diversity and inclusion.


Diversity & Inclusion Annual Awards

Established in 2013 and intended to address SoACE’s strategic priority on diversity and inclusion, SoACE annually recognizes an individual and a group/organization that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in the community and workplace.

Contributions in advancing diversity could be in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives. Criteria for these awards include:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the spirit of diversity and inclusion through active participation in promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives within the last twelve months
  • Supports positive communication and education that promotes mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation or tolerance among people of different backgrounds
  • Demonstrates and exhibits a positive influence on constituencies
  • Must be a current SoACE member

Nominations for these awards are submitted with the association wide awards.

Award Winners:

Champion of Diversity Award

2016: Melena Postolowski, Stetson University

2015: Mason Murphy, Texas State University

2014: Marian Higgins, University of Georgia

2013: Eric Pearson, Northrup Grumman

Mosaic Award

2016: Raytheon


2015: Pepsi, Co. (Frito Lay)

2014: Enterprise Holdings

2013: Out for Work


Get Involved

Do you have a passion for diversity & inclusion? Then, we want to hear from you. We invite you to join the D&I Committee:


Kelvin Rutledge
Director, SoACE Board
University of Georgia

Educational Initiatives:


Irene Hillman
Chair
University of Chattanooga

Lisa Burton
Texas A&M

Tatiana Leavitt
University of Tennessee-Knoxvill
Lissy Turner
Stephen F. Austin University

Christy Dunston
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill

Gurbet Akdogan
Barry University


Communications:

Marcus Everett
Chair

EHI - North Carolina

Andrew Harper
St. Edward's University

 

HBCU/HsI Recruitment


Kelvin Rutledge
Chair
Florida State University

Rochelle Harris
University of North Texas

Cheryl Hicks
Wake Forest

Please contact any one of us for questions.