Addressing Racism in the Organization: The Role of White Racial Affinity Groups in Creating Change

This article describes the formation, implementation, and functioning of a White antiracism caucus, facilitated by the authors, in a large social service agency. Organizational context, group development, and attempts to address institutional racism are presented. Issues of professional identity development, the reification of White privilege, and internal systems of accountability are described.

Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships

Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) is comprised of employers from a range of industries across the nation who are concerned about our nation’s skills gap, who are working with local partners to train and hire community residents for skilled jobs, and who want our country’s policymakers to follow suit and invest, aggressively and effectively, in the skills of America’s workers. BLU provides a common platform from which these diverse business leaders can jointly communicate to national policymakers, the press and the American public about the effective industry-based strategies they’ve developed which could serve as models for a more comprehensive national skills policy.

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The National Black Chamber of Commerce®

The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. There are 140 affiliated local chapters based throughout the nation as well as international affiliate chapters and individual members with the national office.

Tagged under Businesses, NonprofitsOrganizations, African Americans

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.4 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide

Resources focused on racial equity include journal entries, books, magazines, videos and more. Resources based on areas of focus, related issues and/or types.

Tagged under Equity/Diversity/InclusionWorkforce DevelopmentGuides and Reports, Organizations, PhilanthropyPublic PolicyAfrican AmericansLatinos

Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms

This article presents culture as a vehicle of labor market sorting. Providing a case study of hiring in elite professional service firms, the author investigates the often suggested but heretofore empirically unexamined hypothesis that cultural similarities between employers and job candidates matter for employers’ hiring decisions. Drawing from 120 interviews with employers as well as participant observation of a hiring committee, the author argues that hiring is more than just a process of skills sorting; it is also a process of cultural matching between candidates, evaluators, and firms.