Minnesota Workforce Development Programs: Race and Class Disparities

This report provides summary data that confirms racial and class employment disparities exist among participants in workforce development programs administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and targeted to low-income and recently laid-off adults. It also provides rates of common barriers to employment—including low educational attainment, criminal background, limited work experience, and limited English skills—by race and class. Unsurprisingly, rates can differ greatly by race and class. (2015)

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.

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers

This report—released by the National Governors Association, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the National Skills Coalition—offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs and a description of actions that state administrators and policymakers can take as part of a policy framework to support the strategies’ creation and effective operation.

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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.

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.

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.

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