Recruitment and Retention
Research has shown that across industries people of color experience institutional barriers, such as racism, sexism, discrimination, and workplace bullying, that negatively affected their professional careers (Cornileus, 2012). Some scholars, such as William Tierney & Margaret Sallee (2008) suggest that the lack of workplace diversity is a result of problematic recruitment and hiring processes, not a dearth of qualified candidates. Meaning we must be intentional about recruiting and retaining BIPOC teachers, administrators, and staff. However, there is another important reason to focus on increasing diversity through the recruitment and retention of BIPOC teachers, administrators and support staff; because having BIPOC teachers, administrators, and staff allows students, especially students of color and those from other marginalized groups, to see themselves reflected in the in the classroom, which is important on both the academic and personal level.