It is the mission of the Office of Human Resources to foster a positive, caring, inclusive work environment where everyone is respected and valued. Human Resources attracts, develops and retains top talent and delivers high quality services to support the strategic goals and overall mission of the University.
Our vision is to aspire to be the employer of choice reflecting a culture of inclusiveness, excellence, and exceptional talent.
When I joined the university in July, I shared some exciting initiatives that were underway in Human Resources. I would like to share with you today some updates.
HR Service Delivery Model:
Effective November 1st the Office of Human Resources began operating in a new HR service delivery model centered on increased partnerships, improved service, culture change, potential costs savings and a thoughtful programmatic approach to diversity and inclusion and cultural competence. HR Business Partners are the foundation of the model and internally supported by the HR Centers of Excellence which include Organizational Behavior, Diversity & Inclusion and Labor Relations.
On an interim basis, we will have some of the HR Leaders serve as business partners for the divisions. Please note that each interim business partner will also continue in their leadership role for their respective areas of responsibility within the Office of Human Resources. I am very thankful for a team of leaders willing to take on this added level of responsibility as we await getting new business partners hired. Click here to view the HR Business Partners by Division.
Also, effective November 1st, the following notable changes will be in place in the Office of Human Resources:
Deb Majewski will be the new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Organizational Behavior. As such she is responsible for leading our Organizational Behavior Centers of Excellence that include Talent Acquisition (Recruitment/On-boarding), Benefits, Organizational Development (Effectiveness) and Learning. During the interim phase, Deb will continue to work on Affirmative Action items, Equity and some Title VI, VII and IX as needed. Deb brings exceptional leadership and experience to this role as well as formal education that includes a bachelor’s in Crime and Justice Studies and an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. I look forward to Deb continuing to deliver effective and impactful work here in the Office of Human Resources.
With our focus on talent and diversity, David Gomes will work in partnership with me to implement our full Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) model including programs for leadership participation, diversity education, employee engagement, constituency groups and local and national involvement and implementation of solid success measures for our D&I goals. As the new Director of Diversity & Inclusion, David will work strategically and thoughtfully to help us create a culturally competent organization. David holds a JD from Northeastern University and is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, State of Connecticut, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is an exceptional talent who will help shape important initiatives that will be a true value add to our campus.
We are all excited to begin operating in this new model and look forward to partnering with the divisional leaders to better support our campus.
The Office of Human Resources is located on the second floor of the Foster Administration Building, Room 202. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You can reach us by phone at 508.999.8060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.