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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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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Recruiting and Retaining a More Diverse Workforce

Recruitment is a two-way street, but it is easy to lose sight of the fact that applicants make fit assessments about employers in the same way that employers make fit assessments about applicants. Therefore, organizations need to manage their impressions in order to be perceived as welcoming employers of nontraditional applicants. Research has shown that organizations that value diversity are likely to be perceived as particularly attractive to nontraditional applicants. This paper looks at several ways organizations can accomplish this.

Racial Discrimination in the Labor Market: Theories and Empirics

This paper reviews theories of race discrimination in the labor market. Taste-based models can generate wage
and unemployment duration differentials when combined with either random or directed search even
when strong prejudice is not widespread, but no existing model explains the unemployment rate differential.
Models of statistical discrimination based on differential observability of productivity across races
can explain the pattern and magnitudes of wage differentials but do not address employment and unemployment.
At their current state of development, models of statistical discrimination based on rational stereotypes
have little empirical content.

Immigrant Workers in U.S. Construction: Sharing Lessons Learned in Our Unions

CPWR and LOHP produced this report to better inform the labor movement and the entire construction industry on the training and inclusion of Hispanic workers in one of our most hazardous industries. With this report and its resources, we hope to share what these innovative union leaders have learned and make U.S. worksites safer for all. This report is a summation of the narratives, the roundtable discussions and conclusions, and the “next steps” for furthering their work.

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