The National Fund for Workforce Solutions 2015 Data Brief

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (National Fund) is a growing national partnership of employers, communities, workers and philanthropy investing in regional funder collaboratives to strengthen local economies by implementing demand-driven workforce strategies that create talent supply chains, close skill gaps and improve systems. This data brief provides an overall picture of the National Fund’s progress since inception, as reported by participating collaboratives and industry partnerships through the annual reporting systems.

Organizational diversity programs across cultures: effects on absenteeism, turnover, performance and innovation

What impact do national cultural values and cultural practices have on the adoption and efficacy of workforce diversity programs, and, ultimately, organisational outcomes? New research explores these relationships, with the findings providing practical ideas for multi-national organisations and those responsible for managing their diversity programs.

Partnership for Southern Equity – Growing the Future: The Case for Economic Inclusion in Metro Atlanta

This report describes how equity is both a moral and economic imperative for the Atlanta region and for the nation as a whole, including full employment analyses and GDP racial equity analyses that demonstrate how eliminating racial inequities provide “equity dividends” for the broader economy.

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Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity

For foundations to work toward racial equity through their philanthropic investments and leadership, they must shine a light on white privilege and white culture both internally and externally. This article discusses tools for tackling those challenges: creating a container with intentional group norms, exploring accumulated racial advantages and disadvantages, reflecting on white culture, and caucusing by racial identity.

Promoting Racial and Ethnic Inclusion in Employment with Mandates and Incentives

This paper argues that while litigation remains an important part of an effective inclusionary regime, jurisprudential and enforcement limitations, as well as the complex challenges facing lower -wage workers,require additional regulatory solutions. This paper calls for affirmative regulatory mandates to spur inclusion using spending, procurement, licensing, zoning, and labor agreements.

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT

By focusing on racial equity in an analysis of workforce development, this report provides leaders and other practitioners with solutions to support workers of color to advance in healthcare and IT careers. The first part of this report provides historical context to the creation and expansion of U.S. federal workforce development policy and the particular ways that system became susceptible to prevailing ideologies about marginalized communities and the nature of work. The second part of this report presents data and stories from practitioners and workers of color that shed light on intraorganizational problems and external barriers to advancing racial equity in the field.

Racial Equity Action Plans: A How-to Manual

This manual provides guidance for local governments to develop their own Racial Equity Action Plans after a period of research and information gathering. This manual also provides guidance and tools to conduct this research. GARE created a Racial Equity Action Plan template after a national scan of promising practices from cities and counties that have developed plans for racial equity and the structures that supported successful planning processes.

Racial Equity Toolkit for Restaurant Employers

This report identifies the skills and tools that are most critical to supporting all restaurants in moving the needle on racial equity in the industry. The result is simple and straightforward: it can help you identify where racial bias—whether conscious or unconscious— might be operating in the functions or policies of your restaurant, thus creating
barriers to success for employees of color and your business as a whole.

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Reimagining the Pipeline: Advancing STEM Diversity, Persistence, and Success

Although many nations have had remarkable histories as leaders in science and technology, few have simultaneously struggled with the challenge of meeting the educational and training needs of underrepresented groups. In this article, we share strategies for building the agency of the scientific community to achieve greater diversity by highlighting four key action areas: (1) aligning institutional culture and climate; (2) building inter-institutional partnerships; (3) building and sustaining critical mass; and (4) ensuring, rewarding, and maximizing faculty involvement.