Global Hospitality Educators (GHE) maintains the most diverse database of faculty members in the world for the hospitality and tourism discipline.
Our diversity strategy seeks to continue our ever evolving efforts to broaden our database to include the largest number of African-American, Hispanic and International faculty members.
One of our completed strategies was we invited the faculty advisors of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) student chapters to join GHE. The goal of this strategy was to add additional faculty members who were minorities and/or faculty members who would possess a unique sensitivity to minority issues. NSMH provides us with a vehicle to engage and enroll minorities into Global Hospitality Educators.
We searched the websites of all 106 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for faculty members in hospitality, business, foodservice, and tourism to join GHE. This resulted in expanding our minority membership to several hundred faculty members in the disciplines listed. The faculty that we identified from these institutions ranged from African Americans, Hispanic, and a host of other minorities. In addition, many of the faculty members were not minorities but since they are faculty members from HBCU, we believe they are sensitive to minority issues.
Another strategy that we employed was we examined over 500 hospitality and tourism schools’ websites to search for minority faculty members. We personally invited each of them to join us. These efforts have been in process for over 2 years and we have just completed the initial initiatives so we wanted to share the news with our members.
We all know that it is extremely difficult to find minority faculty members in our field. We at GHE hope that these on-going strategies and efforts will increase the quality of our member schools’ search processes in terms of their minority recruitment. It is our belief that a strong hospitality and tourism faculty should represent the diversity within our industry. If you know of other strategies that would enhance our database, please let us know.