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New Paradigms for Diversifying Faculty and Staff in Higher Education: Uncovering Cultural Biases in the Search and Hiring Process


Pauline KayesPauline E. Kayes
Pauline E. Kayes is recognized in Illinois for both her expertise in multicultural education and intercultural communication and her long-time advocacy of access and equity for diverse students, faculty, and staff, especially in community colleges and K-12 schools. For thirty years, the focus of Kayes' career has been teaching, research, and activism in educational equity, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. Kayes holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy (with valedictory honors) from St. Joseph's College (Indiana) and a M.A. in English from Purdue University; she has 25 years experience as a community college professor of English, including a year's sabbatical on the curriculum/pedagogy of multicultural education and leadership in college-wide diversity committees and initiatives.

From 1994-2001, Kayes directed a HECA project on creating inclusive educational communities for diverse students for the Illinois Board of Higher Education; in that capacity, she worked with over 5,000 faculty, administrators, and staff from 75 different schools and colleges. In addition, Kayes organized numerous conferences, institutes, intensives, and retreats on a variety of topics in multicultural education, intercultural communication, and diversity education, featuring some of the most renowned experts in the field (James Banks, Myra and David Sadker, Carlos Cortes, Milton Bennett, Geneva Gay, and Sonia Nieto).

In 1994, she received a Ford Foundation grant to plan and to facilitate a summer institute on curriculum transformation for Illinois community college faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

Kayes is the author of "Access, Equity, and Cultural Diversity: Rediscovering the Community College Mission," published in Multicultural Education: Strategies for Implementation in Colleges and Universities (v.2, Western Illinois University, 1992) and "From Policy to Action: Parkland College's Implementation of North Central's Statement on Access, Equity, and Diversity" (NCA Quarterly, v.71, no.4, Spring 1997). In the past 15 years, Kayes has presented papers and facilitated workshops at numerous national conferences, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), the "Educating One-Third of A Nation" conference sponsored by the American Council on Education and the Office of Minorities in Higher Education, and conferences of the American Association of Community Colleges. Kayes is the creator of both the Cultural Diversity in Education and the Cultural Diversity at Work programs.

In the past ten years, Kayes has completed over 250 hours of advanced education in multicultural education and intercultural communication through the Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, Oregon): in racial and cultural identity development; in negotiating intercultural conflict; in creating multicultural vision for business, schools, and colleges; and in understanding hate crimes. In addition, Kayes has been certified by Milton Bennett and Mitch Hammer to administer and to interpret the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

In January 2000 Kayes was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. "Drum Major" Award from the Champaign City Human Relations Commission for her leadership in cultural diversity education in the Champaign community, particularly with K- 12 schools.

Yvonne SingleyYvonne Singley, PhD.
Vice President

Dr. Yvonne Singley has over 30 years experience with higher education coordinating boards, and colleges and universities. Dr. Singley’s administrative and teaching experiences are coupled with her commitment to diversity and multicultural education. She holds a B.A. in Latin from the University of Memphis; Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana; and a PhD in higher education leadership from Capella University. Dr. Singley has worked at Indiana University Northwest, the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, and Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in Champaign, Illinois

Prior to Dr. Singley’s affiliation with Diversity Works, she was employed at the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education in administrative and supervisory positions. During her tenure at the Illinois Community College Board, Dr. Singley coordinated statewide minority faculty and student recruitment, retention, and financial aid programs funded with Illinois higher education resources. She has presented at numerous workshops sponsored by universities, community colleges, institutes, and national and state conferences such as NCore. Her related consulting activities include: The Higher Learning Commission—North Central Accreditation; American Health Information Association; and Illinois State Board of Education.

Her honor and awards include: Outstanding Young Women;
Who’s Who Among Black Americans; American Association of Women in Community Colleges National Leadership Development Award; Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education; American Association of Community Colleges’ Presidential Roundtable Award

Below are selected works and publications by Dr. Singley.

Dissertation: Community College and Business Partnering: A Study of Factors That Contribute To The Sustainability of These Alliances.
Article: “Time for Community Colleges To Lead on Diversifying Faculty” with Pauline Kayes

Article: "Why are 90 Percent of College Faculty Still White?" with Pauline Kayes

Report: Status of Special Programs and Services for Underrepresented Groups in Community Colleges-ICCB (Reprint in Multicultural Educator and Strategies Journal, Western Illinois University
Paper: Cultural Diversify through Faculty Exchange, Minority Recruitment and Retention-A Collection of Paper on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement. NCA

Paper: Responding to Public Act 87-581: Proposed Guidelines on Multicultural General Education Objectives and Modules-ICCB

Lorena JohnsonLorena Johnson
For ten years, Lorena Johnson has served as a co-facilitator and a consultant for both the Cultural Diversity in Education and the Cultural Diversity at Work programs; in that capacity, she has worked with thousands of faculty, administrators, staff, employees, volunteers, etc. Johnson hold a B.S. in social work from Loyola University, a M.A. in Communication from Sangamon State University, and a M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield. A visual artist whose work has been shown in both the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest and a former Whitney Young fellow, Johnson focuses her research and writing on cultural equity and inclusion in the arts. Johnson also has eight years of experience as a community college instructor in social sciences and humanities, specializing in teaching social problems, ethnic/race relations, intercultural communication, women's studies, and cultural studies. In addition, Johnson has received a Foundation Certificate (150 hours) in intercultural communication from the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon for advanced diversity education in intercultural consciousness, intercultural discovery, and intercultural conflict resolution.

Olga Ruiz

Olga Ruiz
   Psychology Professor

Dr. Deloris Henry

Dr. Deloris Henry
   K-12 Principal, Superintendent, Administrator

For further information about the objectives and activities of each workshop, please contact Pauline Kayes at 217/369-2058 or pkayes@diversityworksinc.net.

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