Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research Featured at American Educational Research Association 2018

Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research Featured at American Educational Research Association 2018

On April 14, 2018, Dr. Kimberly Underwood, University Research Chair of the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research, presented the results of her research on organizational diversity socialization (ODS) and new employee learning and engagement at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, New York.  AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, the Association strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Her presentation, Exploring Workplace Learning within the Organizational Diversity Socialization Process, explored formal and informal socialization processes as tools of workplace learning for defining boundaries for diversity socialization.  Specifically, this study was formulated to view this dynamic from the lens of new employees of companies that have received multiple annual recognitions for being the “best for diversity.” Additionally, this research sought to identify which socialization experiences are most influential to the lenses new employees utilize to view diversity demographics and diversity-related efforts within their organizations. 

Within her presentation, Dr. Underwood noted the findings from this study support the assertion that organizations need to include the voices of all employees in their assessment of the effectiveness of organizational diversity socialization initiatives. Further, she asserted the lens new employees use to form their views of the importance of diversity to the organization and the permissibility of behaviors in relation to organizational diversity was strongly influenced by management personnel in direct contact with this group. Dr. Underwood is currently writing two journal articles resulting from this study.

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