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.

Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Portland Region

The Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is the culmination of Metro’s efforts to articulate how the agency intends to advance equity in its crucial work in the Portland metropolitan region. The Strategic Plan builds on the extensive equity work that Metro departments and venues have been conducting for a number of years. Moving forward, the Strategic Plan will provide a unified strategic direction and additional focus for the crucial equity work currently underway at Metro, both agency-wide and in specific departments and venues. (2016)

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Uneven Pain: Unemployment by metropolitan area and race

The Great Recession has caused millions of job losses across the country. Many families and communities are
devastated. While every metropolitan area has experienced some negative economic consequences from the
Great Recession, not all areas have suffered equally. This report details the variation in unemployment across the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity

This article explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity and prosperity. It first gauges the depth of the challenge that our communities face in racial disparities, then surveys the evolution of the role of philanthropies in addressing poverty and traces the long history of racialization of institutions and systems. Finally, this article focuses on a specific set of approaches used by the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation that others working for racial equity might employ to meet their needs

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Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women but Not Minorities (or Vice Versa)

Diversity approaches are important because they provide employees with a framework for thinking about group differences in the workplace and how they should respond to them. The authors of this paper studied the public diversity statements of 151 big law firms in the U.S. to understand the relationship between how organizations talk about diversity and the rates of attrition of associate-level women and racial minority attorneys at these firms. This paper assumes that how firms talked about diversity in their statements was a rough proxy for their firm’s approach to diversity more generally.

Workplace Diversity and Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Psychology

This article outlines both challenges and opportunities for psychology of issues related to diversity in education and work by looking at four groups currently marginalized in the U.S. workplace: women, people of color, sexual minorities, and people with disabilities. An overview of employment participation patterns for these groups is presented, workplace barriers arising from marginalized status are highlighted, and the article concludes with a discussion of work-related legislative and public policy fronts that can be informed and influenced by the contributions of psychologists.

The Workforce Is Even More Divided by Race Than You Think

This article from the Atlantic detailed look at how the labor market is stratified by race, with whites seeing higher wages and lower unemployment, while blacks and Hispanics cluster in lower-paying jobs.

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