Holistic Hiring Task Force 


In spring 2021, Chancellor Elliman tasked the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) with running a strategic process to identify key priorities and initiatives for the campus over the next five years. OSI partnered with Inworks to leverage an inclusive, human-centered philosophy of design innovation and engage over 700 members of the campus community in contributing to a vision for how CU Anschutz might continue to break new ground in health sciences education, research, patient care and community engagement. OSI convened a steering committee and four working groups centered on each of these mission areas.

 In synthesizing the recommendations from these groups, a common theme that emerged was the need to invest in our people. Stakeholders identified the need to create a strong sense of belonging for the diverse members of our workforce. Fostering a diverse workforce helps to create spaces of belonging for employees from a variety of backgrounds. Toward that end, stakeholders identified a need to implement holistic hiring practices to improve recruitment of diverse candidates. These key priorities also align with the campus-wide Office of Diversity Equity Inclusion and Community Engagement (ODEICE) key strategic initiatives. The ODEICE key priorities and initiatives were identified and voted on through a strategic process engaging the Chancellor’s DEICE Leadership Council in fall 2021. Our collaborative process includes mapping key priorities to campus wide initiatives from both the OSI and ODEICE offices.


The charge of this task force is to assess current hiring practices and processes and make recommendations to address holistic hiring practices and processes.

 Member Representing
 Aimee Woznick (Primary Lead) Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI)
 Lauren Fontana (Co-Lead) Office of Disability, Access, and Inclusion (ODAI)
 Shaleeta Flagg School of Medicine - Psychiatry
 Lindsey Fouquette Human Resources
 Veronica Graves School of Dental Medicine
 Tracy Gray College of Nursing 
 Amber HarbinOffice of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) 
 Paul Joyce Human Resources
 Shandra KnightStrauss Health Sciences Library
 Spencer LaFasto Skaggs School of Pharmacy
 Jameel Mallory Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODEICE)
 Bruce Mandt Graduate School
 Florie Montoya Human Resources
 Shannon Palombi Advancement
 Kevin Young Colorado School of Public Health

Advisors (people for co-leads to contact for feedback and input if/when needed): 
Christopher Smith (Office of  Information Technology) 
Christine Gillen (Colorado School of Public Health) 
Kady Nearing (School of Medicine - Geriatric Medicine) 
Regina Richards (Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement) 
Deanna Schroeder (School of Medicine – Family Medicine) 

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