ASU+GSV: Christine Cruzvergara on employers needing to hold themselves accountable

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

When college students are looking for internships these days, many turn to Handshake, a company that has partnered with 500,000 employers and 1,000 colleges and universities to connect 17 million students and alumni.

WorkingNation interviewed Christine Cruzvergara, vice president of higher education and student success of Handshake, for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held September 29 through October 1+October 1. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

Cruzvergara says it’s time for business to not just make a statement about diversity, equity, and inclusion, they need to start thinking critically about recruiting, leadership, and also, holding themselves accountable for goals and metrics that ensure the company is moving in the right direction.

“Beyond recruiting, you actually have to look at retention,” she says. “What are you doing to get those individuals in the door? How do you ensure that they have a seat at the table, that their voice is valued and that it’s heard?”

And to get those voices in at all, the recruitment process can’t be same old, same old.

“From the recruiting standpoint, what you bring in is what you get out,” she says. “If you’re going to the same core schools over and over again, you’re going to keep getting the same outcomes over and over again. And if you want to change what that looks like, you might actually have to look like what are the skills and the qualifications, and the criteria that actually make an employee success at my organization?”

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