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Wright State University: 5-Year Anniversary as a Lead Institution

By Marcia Silva posted 06-16-2023 01:12:50 PM


Wright State University has been the lead institution of Ohio-Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia HERC since 2018. To acknowledge and celebrate this 5-year milestone, we highlight individuals at Wright State University and other regional leaders that have helped forward HERC’s mission and demonstrated their commitment to creating inclusive workplaces where people of all identities and perspectives can thrive. We are also grateful to the institution’s community partners that have helped strengthen our efforts to reach and support our members and job seekers.

WSU Mission: We empower all students to excel in their lives and chosen careers through integrated learning, research, innovation, and experience.
WSU Vision: To be a diverse, inclusive university that positively transforms the educational, economic, and social fabric of the communities we serve.

WSU’s current strategic plan includes creating “an inclusive campus environment that is nurturing, supportive, and welcoming for all students, faculty, and staff” by:
-  developing a robust plan to recruit and retain students from underrepresented minoritized populations, locally, regionally, and in other untapped markets 
-  integrating inclusive excellence into the curriculum 
-  attracting diverse faculty and staff through effective recruitment, inclusivity, and retention strategies and cultivating an equitable workplace environment to retain its talent 

Regional HERC Champions

Shari Mickey-Boggs, MBA, SHRM, former Chief Human Resources Officer, Wright State University

Shelly Sherman, M.Ed., CSM, SHRM-SCP, Sr. Director, Talent Management Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, HERC Regional Advisory Board Chairperson

Amanda Watkins, Assistant Registrar, Student Services and Operations, Wright State University

Tom Webb, Associate Vice President of Accessibility and University ADA/504 Coordinator, Wright State University

Devonna Wenning, MPA, former Fiscal Services Manager, Wright State University

Community Partners


State of Ohio's, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

“Thank you so much for participating in our OOD In-Demand Jobs Week Dayton Hiring Event/Job Fair!  Your partnership is critical to furthering our mission of promoting the employment of people with disabilities.  I appreciate your ongoing loyalty to Ohioans with disabilities.” – Cynthia Crews, Business Relations Specialist, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Catholic Social Services 

“[The new WSU employee] is doing very well with his first week of employment here on campus. We are able to communicate with him through text messages as well as the Google Translate App. He has had an interpreter with him for two of the days…It’s going well, and we are excited about this opportunity to work with Catholic Social Services and their Refugee Resettlement program.” – Danielle Quach, Administrative Support Coordinator, Wright State University 

HERC Resources Featuring Thought Leaders at Wright State University

Job Seeker Resources

How an English Major Succeeded in a STEM Field (featuring Brandy Foster)

Advice from a Colleague: Brandy Foster, Wright State University

Sponsorships Support Retention, Succession Planning, and Relationships (featuring Shelly Sherman)

Midwestern Fall 2021 Virtual Meeting: Changing with the Times: Applying DEI Recruitment Strategies in the Pandemic
  • Employing Equity Advocates to Strengthen Diversity Recruitment Efforts
    • Shelly Sherman Executive Director of Talent Management, University of Cincinnati (Panelist)
  • Attracting Job Seekers with Total Rewards
    • Shari Mickey-Boggs, MBA, SHRM, former Chief Human Resources Officer (Panelist)
  • Diversity Recruitment Challenges and Strategies for Rural Colleges and Universities
    • Devonna Wenning, MPA, former Fiscal Services Manager (Panelist)
Midwestern Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting: Returning to Camus: decision making, accommodations & recruitment in a COVID-19 world
  • ADA/Rehabilitation Act Compliance and COVID-19: How Your Campus Can Champion for Accessibility in the Workplace
    • Tom Webb, Director of Disability Services (Presenter)
Midwestern Spring 2022 Virtual Meeting: Inclusion and Belonging – Is It the Answer to the Great Resignation?
  • Breakout Discussion: Role of Employee Resource/Affinity Groups in Fostering Inclusion and Belonging
    • Amanda Watkins, Assistant Registrar, Student Services and Operations (Women – Affinity Group, Host and Facilitator) 
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