Juniata College aspires to become a leader among its peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs of all minorities and women. In all institutional practices, the Juniata community aims to embrace diverse individuals, fully inclusive of and valued for their race, color, sex, gender identity and/or expression, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, and uniqueness.
We hope to see our commitment reflected in an ever-diversifying employee population at Juniata College. Read on for more information about our Stewards of Diversity program, our institutional policies, and job listings.
Stewards of Diversity
Over the last twenty years Juniata College has been slowly and steadily diversifying its student population. We have grown from 4% domestic minorities in 2002 to nearly 20% African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) students in 2019. We have also increased our international student population from 6% to 10%. Juniata College has successfully changed its composition and complexion, especially with regard to the cultural and racial backgrounds of nearly 30% of our 1500+ students.
Unfortunately, we have not yet witnessed similar results with regard to diversity employment. We have made some improvements, however, at a more gradual growth with: 8% for faculty, 2% for staff, and 4% for administration. Our overall average for diversity employment is currently at 5% of 438 employees.
Some members of the Juniata community, known as Stewards, have been trained specifically to help. At least one Steward of Diversity will sit on each selection committee. Stewards are Juniata employees who have undergone training in diversity employment. We are volunteers with a shared vision and a common goal. There are over 40 Stewards in all. Stewards aim to assist members of the committee in their search, selection, and retention of qualified candidates, especially those underrepresented populations. Stewards aim to eliminate any form of bias from job postings and interview questions, as well as suggest new ways to connect with a broader range of candidates through identifying innovative places to promote job listings.
We have witnessed the Stewards program evolve over the last 5 years—from efforts to
forge consciousness and break barriers, to becoming more mainstream. But we still
have a lot to do, to advance diversity employment/retention campus wide. Now that
the program is 5 years in the making, we are ready to become even more self-sufficient.
A year ago, we invited Stewards to volunteer to lead, and to specifically “Train the
new trainees.” We are fortunate that four volunteers from different areas of the College
have stepped up to this leadership role:
We welcome your heartfelt insights and helpful suggestions.
We Work Towards Your Success
The Stewards of Diversity have committed to answering any question you may have about life at Juniata College and in the Huntingdon, Pa. community. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to ask any of us how diversity influences our community or how our community welcomes new faculty and staff. Whatever your difference may be - whether you are a minority applicant, LGBT, using a wheelchair, or simply curious, we'll keep your questions confidential. If we can't answer you fully and honestly, we'll get you in touch with the person who can.
Meet the Stewards of Diversity:
"The advocacy of a diverse environment is integral to the accomplishment of the mission
at Juniata. We appreciate that the differences among us serve as the embroidery on
the fabric of our community and we celebrate those differences."
- Gail Ulrich, Retired Director of Human Resources
"To me, a diverse campus is a vibrant campus. A place where people can share, learn,
live and grow with each other. Juniata remains committed to cultivating and enriching
our community through embracing diversity."
- Cindy Gibboney, Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Retention
Stewards of Diversity 2016-2017
Committee Chair: Grace Fala
We hope that Juniata College serves as a place that fosters and strengthens diversity. This is why the College offers policies that honor that commitment. View below the institutional policies regarding diversity employment:
Creatively, ethically, and intrinsically committed to community-based, whole-person education, Juniata College seeks applications from diverse candidates who support diversity. That is why we hope you apply today. See a listing of job openings available at Juniata College.