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Seeking Cultural Competencies in Hiring
Cris Cullinan

Monday, December 5, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

Strategies for Attracting & Retaining Faculty & Staff for the 21st Century

Independent schools can no longer afford to hire faculty, administrators, and staff who are not culturally competent. Hiring for any position should be seen as an opportunity to improve the levels of knowledge and skill in needed areas of cultural competence. Hiring without cultural competence leads to problems with retention and causes the overworked few with the necessary skills to leave when other opportunities are available.  Lack of cultural competence leads to lower achievement rates for underrepresented students, as well as miseducation and poor role modeling for all students. Every new hiring process provides an opportunity to add valuable experience and expertise in these areas.

Hiring processes should include ways to evaluate candidates as to their actual knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively, respectfully, and inclusively with all current and future members of the school community. Participants will work together to identify various dimensions of cultural competence and will focus on those which represent the most critical needs for positions in their particular schools. Learn practical methods and strategies, including ways to design appropriate advertisements, improve paper screening procedures, and write effective interview and reference questions. This interactive workshop will result in participants gaining both the insights and the tools to design every hiring process in a way that strengthens the school’s cultural capacity for equity and inclusion.

This workshop is for all who hire or participate in any aspect of the hiring process.

Dr. Cris Clifford Cullinan has been a teacher, curriculum designer and organizational consultant since 1972.  Her work for federal, state and local government and educational institutions has taken her around the world, giving her the opportunity to lead seminars and teach classes at many colleges and universities. Cullinan assists in the development of  strategies for increasing equity, and recognizing and eliminating structures, policies and practices that support institutionalized privilege. She focuses her work on helping institutions and other organizations build culturally competent leadership, and develop and implement strategies to recognize and remove barriers to equity. In 2004, Cullinan was appointed the NCORE National Advisory Committee and now serves as the co-chair of the NCORE National Advisory Council. She is the author of “Vision, Privilege, and the Limits of Tolerance,” which first appeared in the Spring, 1999 issue of Electronic Magazine of  Multicultural Diversity, and "Finding Racism Where You Least Expect It", which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, May, 2002.  More recently, you can find the chapter, "Internationalizing Postsecondary Education: Opportunities, Possibilities and Challenges," authored by Carl E. James, Cris Clifford Cullinan and Ana Cruceru, in the book Critical Perspectives on International Education. She is currently writing an article with the working title "The Gentrification of Equity on Campus," focusing on the dangers and challenges inherent when the discussion and work of equity on campuses shifts away from a focus on race and ethnicity and onto more general topics. During her 23 year tenure at the University of Oregon, Cullinan addressed a wide array of institutional and department level issues through focused knowledge and skill development programs. She was primarily responsible for implementing training programs for faculty and staff focusing on equity, supervision, preventing and dealing with harassment and discrimination, creating respectful and inclusive work environments, curriculum design, project management, and organizational and team development. During her tenure at the university, Cullinan received both the university's Martin Luther King Award and its award for excellence. She holds a PhD from the University of Oregon in educational policy and management and a bachelors degree in mathematics from Michigan State University.

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate. The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with many incredible Chicago hotels. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs.

The Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront is offering a special group rate for ISACS guests. To receive this rate please call 1 (877) 999-3223 and ask for the ISACSCullinan rate or click here to utilize the easy and convenient booking link will automatically provide the group rate. Please make your reservations by November 10th  in order to receive this special group rate.

If you have any issues when booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Registration Fee

  • $225 member fee
  • $275 non-member fee 
  • There is no group discount for this workshop
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments 
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 

Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.




Member Cost: $225     Non-member Cost: $275


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