Graciela Dufour has been a respected leader in the human resource field for over 20 years with specific focus in higher education for the past 13 years. Her role in HR has evolved over the years to include responsibility for key areas of the institution. Strategic initiatives, diversity/inclusion, recruitment/retention, staff development, mediation/conflict resolution and communication are among her areas of expertise. Although Graciela’s main role is as the AVP for Human Resources, she also serves as both the Title IX Coordinator and the Chief Diversity Officer. Her guidance to various on-campus groups provides a continuous assessment of the culture on campus for all.
Graciela is an executive member of the University Diversity Action Team. Through collaborative efforts and thought provoking workshops, she has facilitated focus group sessions for faculty and staff of color, has provided direction for action plans and has created an environment where common relationships can be forged which enhance the overall climate for the underrepresented population.
As her passion for social justice and diversity has heightened, so has the level of engagement with the campus community. The search process training she developed has become a staple for individuals serving on search committees. In addition, she has identified opportunities for increased diversity programming, as well as advocated for greater attendance at minority conferences, not only as networking opportunities, but for engaging the students at Lewis University in the Mission Value of Association.
Ms. Dufour has presented for the past two years with The Black Jew Dialogues at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Their presentation, “Comedy as a Catalyst: An Interactive Discussion on Diversity, Racism and Prejudice in the Workplace”, was received so enthusiastically, they were asked to develop another. “Comedy as a Catalyst: A 2 Year Journey - An Interactive Discussion on Implementing Diversity, Racism & Prejudice Programs in the Workplace” debuted with two highly engaging and informative performances at the 25th Anniversary NCORE gathering in 2012.
To complement her administrative role, she is active as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses such as Managerial Communications, Cultural Communications, Spanish for the Native Speaker and Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel. In 2009, Ms. Dufour was asked to provide the opening remarks as Keynote for the Multicultural Students Graduation Ceremony.
Graciela will be serving as a member of the Host & Planning Committee for HACU’s 27th Annual Conference. She was the founding member for Lewis University in 2005 and is excited about serving at a national level through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.