Best Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies

Employers have experimented with three broad approaches to promoting diversity. Some programs are designed to establish organizational responsibility for diversity, others to moderate managerial bias through training and feedback, and still others to reduce the social isolation of women and minority workers. These approaches find support in academic theories of how organizations achieve goals, how stereotyping shapes hiring and promotion, and how networks influence careers. This is the first systematic analysis of their efficacy.

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Beyond Social Justice: The Threat of Inequality to Workforce Development

This report, written by Patrick Kelly of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, calls upon an array of state-by-state data to help WICHE’s member states better understand the scope of the challenge facing them and the relationships between educational attainment and workforce participation for different racial/ethnic groups. It paints a sobering picture of how much progress needs to be made in ensuring that all residents are well prepared to succeed in the global knowledge economy, in order that the U.S. can retain its place at the forefront of nations.

Connecting People to Work

Connecting People to Work features case studies of organizations implementing sector-based workforce development strategies in the health care, construction, manufacturing and restaurant industries, and highlights how policy and economic changes and new practices among education and training institutions are affecting workforce development efforts. It also includes evaluation results and a review of major sector-financing strategies.

The book was co-edited by Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute, and Robert P. Giloth of the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. June 2014.

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Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks

This report is the most comprehensive study to date (2005) of employees’ attitudes regarding programs and policies designed to foster diversity and inclusion. By determining what employees value and appreciate, the National Urban League hopes to provide some frequently requested guidance to American businesses that are looking not only to do the right thing but to do it the right way.

Equitable and Inclusive Growth Strategies for American Cities

America needs a new growth model— a model of economic growth that is truly inclusive. This chapter points to initiatives that embody an equity-driven growth model: workforce development and training strategies that connect workers to jobs and opportunities; regional economic development strategies that link local workforce, housing,and community development efforts; anchor- based efforts that engage in community partnerships to create positive social and economic impact; and entrepreneurship initiatives that foster and support the creation, innovation, and expansion of local business.

An Examination of Factors Affecting Perception of Workplace Discrimination

This study investigates perceptions of workplace discrimination among racial minorities in Canada. Specifically, the study examines how objective experiences of disadvantage and expectations for equity influence racial minorities’ perceptions of discrimination. The results indicate that while both of these factors affect perceptions of discrimination, expectations for equity may be especially important.

Fostering an Inclusive Metropolis: Equity, Growth, and Community

This chapter reviews both some suggestive quantitative results and a wide range of cases that are part of an ongoing project to understand real-world causal mechanisms that link social equity and sustained economic growth. The interest here is to shift the focus from particular policy mechanisms—such as better workforce development systems or more attention to placing transit in low-income neighborhoods—to underlying social, political, and economic processes, not just policies, that may contribute to both social equity and economic growth.

From Jim Crow Jobs to Employment Equity

This report by the Center for Social Inclusion reflects on the legacy of Jim Crow laws and their impact on jobs for people of color, and offers concrete solutions to address racial inequities in the workforce.

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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)