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CUPA-HR New Jersey Chapter Fall 2018 Session:
HR Strategies for Cultivating an Inclusive Environment

Friday, September 28, 2018
Stockton University
Atlantic City Campus
3711 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Academic Building - Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room

Please join us at the CUPA-HR NJ Chapter Fall 2018 session, where we will cover various strategies emphasizing the development of a more inclusive workplace. In the session, you will learn how to integrate inclusive excellence into University strategies and goals; discover ways to build your brand in order to support the hiring and retention of employees; and explore the use of Climate Surveys in customizing diversity initiatives.

Get involved in CUPA-HR by nominating yourself or an HR colleague for an Officer or Committee position.

For directions to the Atlantic City Campus and interactive map, click here.

Guests may park in the Residential Parking Garage on Lincoln Place if space permits and have your parking ticket validated at the guard desk in the Academic Building. You may also park in the Boston Lot with a $3 fee. For parking information, click here.

The deadline to register for the CUPA-HR Fall 2018 Session is Wednesday, September 26th at 5 PM, and space may be limited following that date. We hope you can join us for another exciting CUPA event!


8:00 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m. – Welcome

  • Robyn Salvo – President, NJ CUPA-HR and Director of Human Resources, Monmouth University

9:05 a.m. Presentation: “Integrating Inclusive Excellence into University Strategy and Goals”

Dr. Hayes will present on her experience developing University-wide Diversity Initiatives and integrating inclusive excellence into University Strategy, Planning and Goals at Stockton University. Dr. Catching will outline Stockton’s commitment to civility, safety and community in their “Culture of Respect” Initiative

  • Speakers: Valerie Hayes, J.D. Ed.D., Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stockton University and Chris Catching, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

10:00 a.m. – Break and Vendor Engagement

10:10 a.m. – Presentation: “Building Your Employment Brand: A Partnership Between HR and University Relations”

This presentation explores the use of media marketing techniques to strengthen recruitment and retention of key talent and build an Employment Brand that speaks to University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence through a consistent communication strategy from the words and images of hiring web pages to employee engagement and recognition.

  • Speakers: Geoffrey Pettifer, Executive Director of University Relations and Marketing, Stockton University and Tom Chester, Assistant Vice President for HR Operations and Payroll, Stockton University

11:10 a.m. – Break and Vendor Engagement

11:15 a.m. – Presentation: “Leveraging Climate Survey Data to Prioritize Diversity Initiatives – Two Experiences”

Christy Cunningham and Rahmaan Simpkins will review Stockton’s response to its 2017 Climate Survey, creation of the Ombuds Office, Mediation program and Respectful Workplace seminars. Katrina Fludd will discuss Princeton University’s use of Climate Survey Data to build customized diversity plans for departments and division across the University.

  • Speakers: Christy Cunningham, Associate Director for Training & Organizational Development, Stockton University, Katrina Fludd, a Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Princeton University, and Rahmaan Simpkins is Assistant Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness and Ombuds Officer, Stockton University

12:15 p.m. – Business Meeting

  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Presentation of the Summer 2018 Meeting Minutes
  • Discussion of 2019-2020 NJ Chapter Officer Positions:
    - President Elect
    - Treasurer (2-year term)
  • Discussion of NJ Chapter Committee Opportunities:
  • Announcements

12:45 p.m. – Meeting Adjourns -- Lunch / Networking / Vendor Engagement

About our Presenters

Dr. Christopher Catching, Vice President for Student Affairs at Stockton University is a dedicated educator, passionate about providing students with access to transformative learning opportunities. The foundation for Dr. Catching’s commitment to educational access was established during his undergraduate experience. A native of Newark, NJ, Dr. Catching pursued higher education through the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) at Montclair State University and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. He was recognized in 2012 with the Governor Thomas Kean Distinguished Alumni Award from the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

Dr. Catching’s experience in strategic planning and student success programs such as EOF, and his interest in social justice and inclusion, mesh with Stockton’s mission to develop engaged and effective citizens and provide an environment of excellence for a diverse student body. Prior to joining Stockton, Dr. Catching served at Southern Connecticut State University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University and Hofstra University. Dr. Catching earned his Doctorate in Education at Rutgers University, his Master of Arts in Higher Education from New York University.

Tom Chester, Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Operations and Payroll, is a member of the Executive Vice President's team at Stockton University who works strategically with various departments across the campus to serve their organizational needs and craft innovative Human Resources solutions. Before joining the HR team at Stockton, Tom served for more than 15 years in a variety of HR roles and functional areas at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and in the public sector. Tom holds a master’s degree in human resources management from Rutgers University, as well as other advanced degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome and Catholic University of America. He holds SHRM-SCP and DDI certifications.

Christy Cunningham is the Associate Director for Training & Organizational Development; she a career and life adventurer with 20+ years of experience facilitating and training groups of students, professional staffs, and community groups in a variety of industries. Her past positions include working in Human Resources for two world-renowned luxury hospitality companies serving as Director of Learning & Development at the New York Palace and as Training Manager for Four Seasons, Philadelphia. Her positions in higher education have included Director of Orientation & New Student Programs at Towson University, Academic Field Programs Manager and Experiential Education Specialist with The Scholar Ship – a study abroad program hosted on a ship, Career Counselor at Gettysburg College, and Associate Director of the Career Center at Stockton University. Christy currently serves as the Associate Director of Training and Organizational Development at Stockton University. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Salisbury University and a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland.

Katrina Fludd, a Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Princeton University; she advances the recommendations of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and current departmental and institutional goals. She does this while fostering relationships and creating opportunities for collaboration with campus partners to develop and implement diversity and inclusion unit plans, along with resource materials and educational opportunities. Katrina brings more than a decade of expertise in the design and implementation
of diversity and inclusion in business and education. At Babson College, she worked to establish an office that coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts for students, staff, and faculty, as well as championed, conceptualized, and executed a number of programs serving Babson’s multinational community. She served on ad-hoc and standing committees for various inclusion and innovation initiatives and advised and consulted senior leadership on best practices. Her programming expanded into the surrounding community, engaging local families and organizations in dialogue and action. Katrina earned her master’s degree in management from Babson College, where she had the opportunity to study at Ecole de Management de Lyon in France and Zhejiang University, China.

Dr. Valerie Hayes, Esq. is Chief Officer for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Stockton University. Her experience in higher education administration, with a focus on EO compliance and diversity, spans over 25 years having worked in private research and public regional comprehensive universities. Dr. Hayes is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, earning both her B.A. and M.S.W. there. She has a J.D. from Quinnipiac University and a D.Ed. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Rahmaan Simpkins is Assistant Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness and Ombuds Officer at Stockton University; he is a seasoned Human Resources (HR) professional with over 25 years of experience providing both strategic and tactical HR services to senior leadership in the areas of: workforce planning, strategic planning, employee/labor relations, compensation, talent management, organizational development and alternative dispute resolution. Rahmaan has served in numerous Director level HR roles at public institutions and private organizations including; The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), Merck & Co., and Prudential Financial. Rahmaan is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ with a BA in Economics & Sociology. He is also a Certified DDI Trainer and Special Civil Mediator in the State of New

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