© 2024 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

‘Clusterluck’ film chronicles Black academics’ cluster hiring experiences at SIUE

A still from the documentary film 'Clusterluck'
A still from the documentary film "Clusterluck"

Workplaces across many industries are struggling to attract employees and creating a sustainable workplace environment for them. Practices like cluster hiring are meant to hire groups of individuals with similar identities. In theory, the strategy is intended to create a professional support system that both honors the identities of newer employees and helps retain longer-tenured workers.

In the documentary film “Clusterluck,” Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professor and first-time film producer Candace Hall chronicles her personal experience in a cluster hire in the university’s School of Education.

Hall said: “It rarely happens that you have such a critical mass of Black faculty in a department. For me, it was important that people would be able to see the community.”

Instead of writing a traditional academic paper, Hall thought it best to show in film, rather than tell. She said, “I’d hope that [the audience] would be able to feel the sense of community, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to get that across in the paper alone.”

Hall’s documentary has provided hope for others in academia including Black students. “I think students on campus have been excited to see that they too could become faculty one day..”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be hosting a screening of “Clusterluck” along with a panel discussion Thursday evening.

‘Clusterluck’ film chronicles Black academics’ cluster hiring experiences at SIUE

Related Event

What: “Clusterluck” documentary screening
When: 4-6pm Feb. 2
Where: Dunham Hall, 50 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62026

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is produced by Miya Norfleet, Emily Woodbury, Danny Wicentowski, Elaine Cha and Alex Heuer. Avery Rogers is our production assistant. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr. Send questions and comments about this story to talk@stlpr.org

Stay Connected
Miya is a producer for "St. Louis on the Air."
Elaine Cha is the host/producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.