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June 16, 2020

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

(more) Equitable Student Hiring Practices


Date and Time:

Tuesday June 16th, 12:30-2:00PM ET.



Adam Kuhn (He/Him, They/Them)

Director, Student Engagement, Division of Student Life | University of Toronto  

Jeff Burrow, PhD (He/Him, They/Them)

Manager, Assessment & Analysis, Division of Student Life | University of Toronto

Sania Hameed (She/Her, They/Them))

Career Educator, Division of Student Life | University of Toronto  

Panelists: TBA



For many students, working on campus as a peer educator, student researcher or in residence life is one of the most formative experiences of their post-secondary journey (Burnside et al., 2019). For students these on-campus roles are opportunities to earn money against the rising costs of post-secondary education, develop and utilize skills for future employment and support their fellow students (Rossman, 2019). On-campus positions can be incredibly competitive with far more applicants than available positions. Additionally, hiring periods are often among the most busy and stressful for staff, and these time crunches make it easy to reuse the same application, process and questions. Given the benefits of student employment, investigating the degree to which we are “engaging in hiring and promotion practices that are non-discriminatory … ” is a vital equity consideration (Fernandez et al., 2016, p. 20). This session builds off a recent cross-departmental PD session at the University of Toronto with the goal of examining how our processes may be narrowing the pipeline of applicants, interviewees, hired student colleagues, who may in fact become future student affairs staff themselves.  Through a review of foundational documents and legislation, moderated panel and scenario-based small group discussions, this session outlines steps to reduce bias and enhance equity in our approach to hiring – from position development and description, to recruitment process, and ultimately selection.


Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Consider and examine your hiring practices in terms of equity and bias from position development and description, to the recruitment process, and ultimately candidate selection.
  2. Identify one change from each of the three key sections that you can apply to your next round of hiring.



Burnside, O., Wesley, A., Wesaw, A., & Parnell, A. (2019). Employing student success: A comprehensive examination of on-campus student employment. Retrieved from https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/main/Employing_Student_Success_FINAL_DOWNLOAD.pdf  

Fernandez, D., Fitzgerald, C., Hambler, P. & Mason-Innes, T. (2016). CACUSS Student Affairs and Services Competency Model

Rossman, P. (2019). More Than a Paycheck: Applied Learning Within a Student Employment Context. New Directions for Higher Education. (188), p. 43-50  


This is a free webinar organized by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice. Registration is on a first come first-served basis.

This webinar will take place in Adobe Connect. Upon registration, you will receive login information.

If you have questions, please e-mail contact@cacuss.ca

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