HR & Payroll News

Certified Applicant Pool Training

To support Mason’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, HR & Payroll's Talent Acquisition team is now offering training on how to certify the diversity of applicant pools in job searches. This training will encourage a more proactive recruitment approach by assessing diversity within the applicant pool prior to reviewing resumes.

Units will designate a Talent Equity Advisor (TEA)* who is then trained by HR to analyze the unit’s applicant pools. In training, TEAs will learn:

  • How to responsibly analyze applicant pools for adequate diversity representation in the areas of race/ethnicity, gender, disability, and veteran status;
  • How to appropriately share data to ensure that searches move forward with more diverse applicant pools; and
  • How to support hiring authorities when an applicant pool cannot be certified.

If you wish to have a member of your administrative or academic unit participate in this training, please direct them to register in MasonLEAPS. If you have questions, please contact:

Dwala Toombs
Director of Mid-Atlantic HERC and Diversity Outreach

Tiffany Hughes
Diversity and Compliance Specialist


*To avoid conflicts of interest, the Talent Equity Advisor should not be a search coordinator, chair, or committee member.