Best Practices on Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Diverse Talent

Numerous resources exist that detail a variety of best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent. Begin by reviewing CSU's Employer Best Practices for DEI. Additionally, we have included various case studies of firms that have effectively emphasized DEI in the workplace, as well as some useful best practice advice.

DEI Employer Best Practices Handout

This document provides organizations with guidelines for attracting, keeping, and supporting diverse talent. While the term "diverse talent" is not explicitly stated in the report, it refers to a range of identities represented among candidates and staff, including ability, gender identity, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and religion. These publications are not designed to be exhaustive checklists, but rather to serve as a springboard for idea generation and a way for firms to learn about the workplace objectives of other organizations. This document will be updated in response to changes in market conditions and labor requirements.


National Association of Colleges and Employers

A comprehensive resource of articles, videos, and studies on college campuses' inclusive recruiting tactics.

Diversity Best Practices

An organization for thought leaders in workplace diversity to share best practices and explore novel solutions for cultural transformation.

Diversity and Inclusion: A Beginner’s Guide for HR Professionals

A concise definition of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as a list of key best practices that should be included in inclusive organizations. Additional resources and data are referenced, including a one-page guide to diversity and inclusion in recruiting.

Examples of Top Ten Diversity Best Practices

Another compilation of the top ten best practices for fostering inclusive environments.

Top companies exemplifying diversity and inclusion

Look to see which companies are being recognized for doing this work well as a way to identify places your own organization can benchmark off of.

Forbes: America’s Best Employers For Diversity 2021

Fortune: The 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 2021


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