Inclusion & Diversity

As a company, Presence values equity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re creating intentional opportunities for our growing team to educate each other and ensure social justice outcomes are at the heart of everything we do.

Team & Culture
Revamping all of our strategies - recruitment & hiring, onboarding & training - with an inclusive lens.
Partners & Product
Ensuring platform structure, data and content is as inclusive as possible with our clients and campus partners.
Contributions
Sharing what we've learned in our company, at national conferences, and in the local community through our blog.

Current Internal Initiatives

Recruiting & Hiring

  • Expanded recruiting efforts to more diverse organizations (ex. People of Color in Tech, Women in Tech)
  • Enhanced interview process to include more voices throughout, and ensure transparency with selections
  • Implemented software to help us better understand our candidate pool and ensure that the application process is consistent for all candidates.
  • Re-evaluated job descriptions for gender-coded language and updated throughout

Employee Onboarding

  • Created a ‘Beginners Guide to Inclusion’ to share with all new employees, who also meet with leaders from the inclusion team
  • Providing recordings, webinars and resources from previous trainings so new hires can catch up on any trainings they’ve missed

Internal Policies and Procedures

  • Update employee handbook to include more comprehensive family leave and mental health policies
  • Updated our benefits and company policies to more holistically and comprehensively support our teammates’ needs
  • Developing objectives & key results (OKRs) to measure our progress

Inclusion & Diversity Articles

From The Presence Blog

How to Empower Students to Examine Their Beliefs Through Virtual Group Discussions

How You Can Celebrate the Vibrant History and Modern-Day Significance of Juneteenth

9 Essential Tips for Celebrating Women’s History Month on Campus

Why All Student Affairs Professionals Should be Using Micro-Affirmations

Do These 39 Simple Things to Make Your Student Life Opportunities More Accessible

How You Can Avoid Sanitizing Cultural Holidays In Your Campus Programming

5 Inclusive Hiring Practices that Will Help You Attract The Best Candidates

These 15 Rules Will Help You Start Building an Inclusive Language Guide

3 Ways to Be Unwaveringly Anti-Racist as a Student Affairs Professional

4 Ways to Celebrate Diversity All Year Round, Not Just During Heritage Months

These 9 Practices Will Welcome More Students to Your Wellness Programs

More Students Are Experiencing Homelessness Than Ever Before. Here’s How to Offer Support.

6 Ways to Embrace the Power of Cultural Centers on Campus, No Matter Your Role

10 Vital Ways to Support Fat Students on Campus

7 Easy Activities That Encourage Students to Open Up About Identity and Privilege

7 Best Practices for Making Religious Minority Students Feel Welcome

When Two Worlds Meet: LGBTQ Issues at Faith-Based Institutions

How Two Colleges Are Fighting Food Insecurity on Campus

17 LGBTQ Wins on Campuses Last Year

The “Woke” Factor in Student Affairs: Being Awake Means Doing Work

How We Can Support Deaf Students on Campus

Understanding Privilege and Power in Leadership Roles

Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility on Campus

Creativity as a Tool for Identity Formation

Celebrating LGBTQ Pioneers During Black History Month

Addressing Burnout in Higher Ed Professionals of Color

How Colleges Can Fight Stigma on World AIDS Day

Evolving SA Hiring Processes to Recruit Diverse Talent

5 Ways to Support Underrepresented Students at PWIs

How We Can Better Support Our Student Veterans

The Accessibility of Student Engagement

Shifting Allyship to Activism on Your Campus

5 Ways Your Housing Office Can Engage First Generation Students

Honoring National Coming Out Day on Campus

How Student Affairs Pros Can Support Mental Health

What You Need to Know About the Reality of Social Class on Campus

A Step-By-Step Guide to Hosting LGBT-Friendly Events

Easy Ways to Be More Inclusive in Student Affairs

Creating An Inclusive Company: Challenging Our Biases

Data Collection for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Holiday Communications For Your Campus

Reflections From Our Privilege & LGBT Safe Zone Training

Top 3 Inclusivity Trainings for Student Leaders

Resource Round-Up: Equal Pay Day 2016

Cultivating Cultures of Inclusivity on Campus

Our Team

The inclusion team is a representation of the Presence team as a whole - passionate, solution oriented, and growth-minded. Through a comprehensive inclusion initiative, we’ve been able to intentionally scale and adapt our culture with each new team member. Understanding that there’s no one formula for success, we’re always open to new ideas, and provide everyone with the opportunity to identify and create the change.

Meet The Team

Opportunities At Presence

A rapidly growing team, we’re committed to onboarding people who will add to our culture in meaningful ways. If you’re a solution oriented person looking to help solve some of the biggest challenges in Student Affairs, all while being on the frontier of inclusive culture creation, then check out what roles we’re hiring for here.

We're Hiring
Check I'm Here is now Presence. Learn more about this change in our blog post here.