Patricia Pratt-Cook

Patricia Pratt-Cook

Senior vice president, human resources, equity, and inclusion, St. Catherine University

Description

Under Patricia Pratt-Cook’s guidance, St. Paul-based St. Kate’s has revised its hiring practices to attract and retain a more diverse faculty and staff. This has resulted in a workforce of 18 percent BIPOC employees, more than twice the industry average.

Pratt-Cook also spearheaded creation of a new director of equity and inclusion position, which has led to the development of a university inclusive excellence plan. In addition, she has undertaken a comprehensive compensation and classification study with the goal of creating a competitive formal salary structure to ensure pay equity.