University School of Milwaukee strives to be recognized as an employer of choice by all prospective employees, including candidates with diverse backgrounds. With a human resources department charged with equitable hiring, along with objectives and strategies to hire the best and the brightest, USM has increased its efforts in the recruitment of diverse candidates.
USM has participated in diversity job fairs for independent schools, and as well as Diversity Recruiters Network activities such as Milwaukee Diversity Employment Day and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Diversity Career Fair, to name a few. The school has also coordinated with Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and UWM’s Roberto Hernandez Center to recruit minority candidates, while also significantly widening its use of external job posting sites.
In addition to a diverse student body, USM must also have a diverse group of teachers and mentors who contribute a wide variety of life experiences to the classrooms and other conversations. This ensures that students will have role models who can relate to their own unique experiences and perspectives. USM’s faculty and staff often share that their own perspectives are shaped as much, if not more, by the diverse students they work with on a daily basis than anything else in their lives.
Training and Professional Development
An important component of USM’s hiring process is to assess a candidate’s cultural competency, to ensure that new teachers and staff demonstrate evidence of this in their teaching, teamwork, and/or leadership ability. USM employees have access to training and other professional development opportunities to ensure this competency is being met. In fact, the school has spent more than $350,000 over the last seven years on professional development opportunities to enhance cultural competency for employees, and our students benefit directly from that investment as well.
All employees participate in an annual evaluation process, which serves as an opportunity to ensure cultural competency is fully understood and practiced. Everyone at USM works together to prepare students to thrive in the multicultural and connected world they will experience upon graduation, and professional development for faculty and staff in support of these efforts is offered and encouraged.