recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce | HERC RESOURCES

SDSU faculty and staff have access to professional development resources to support recruitment and retention of faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse students and communities served by SDSU. These resources are available online through an institutional membership to the Southern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (SoCal HERC), a program of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. HERC resources can help us recruit and retain diverse talent, cultivate an equitable workplace, and diversify the pipeline of faculty, staff, and executives through outreach, advertising, career advice, and job opportunities. HERC also provides networking and resources to bolster equitable, inclusive recruitment and retention practices.

HERC’s offerings include self-paced resources for individuals and scheduled workshops and events for groups of participants. Below is information on the range of resources offered along with easy access links to account activation.

Activate your HERConnect account

All employees of SDSU (faculty and staff) can create an account for free under the institutional membership.

  1. Visit the HERConnect register page and create your account.
  2. View a short video on “How to use HERConnect”.
  3. Check your SDSU email for a confirmation/welcome email
  4. Log in to HERConnect and accept the terms and conditions.

Once activated, you can access all of the HERConnect resources on demand and receive periodic emails for upcoming events and workshops that you can join as your interests and schedule allow.

Who Can Use HERConnect

The professional development resources available online through the HERConnect site can benefit your specific role:

  • Compliance Professionals
  • Deans, Provosts, and Department Chairs
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals
  • Faculty members and Academic employees
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Recruiters/Talent Acquisition Professionals
  • Work-Life/Dual Career Professionals

All faculty and staff are welcome to explore the entire site in depth to understand better the wide range of resources and topics available on-demand and learn about events scheduled in the upcoming months.

In addition, faculty and staff can:

  • Sign up for a weekly digest that provides discussion posts and news about HERC’s resources, events and updates for higher education recruitment and retention.
  • Browse the webinar schedule and register to attend upcoming eventsor peruse the library of past webinars with thought leaders and colleagues in higher education
  • Explore recruitment, retention and diversity resources curated into Toolkits for viewing or downloading.

Diversity Outreach Resources

HERC works for recruitment and diversity hiring efforts.  Reaching and retaining talented and diverse candidates is crucial to achieving SDSU’s mission.  To this end, all of SDSU’s jobs are automatically cross-posted to, a website for job seekers to find higher ed jobs and career support. jobseeker outreach, diversity outreach and affirmative action compliance is performed in the following ways:

Inclusion in the Workplace Resources

HERConnect shares knowledge and develops resources, tools and a community to support your DEI goals. HERConnect’s on-demand resources can be used to facilitate your department and division DEI strategies. Inclusive workplace resources include:

  • National community of practice
  • Regional networks
  • Inclusive workplace tools and training
  • Professional development and continuing education