Workshops and Speaker Series

Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

Kimberly M. Underwood, University Research Chair

The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) serves as the research home for faculty, students, and alumni who have an expressed interest or have an existing research agenda related to the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in workplaces and communities of practice.  As diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) research encompasses a broad range of possible research topics, the Center brings together scholars across various disciplines to support existing research agendas and generate new and innovative ideas for future research and scholarship. 

The Center seeks to create a progressive community of scholarship by providing collegiality, support, and resources to faculty, students and alumni.  Opportunities for research are cultivated and supported in a variety of ways within the Center including (1) establishing direct affiliation with the Center and its articulated research and scholarship agenda, (2) serving as an advisor or contributor, or (3) serving as a Fellow-in-Residence for the Center.  For more information on research and scholarship opportunities and/or Center membership, please email us directly at

Mission and Vision


The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) has a dual mission to:

  • Support the growth of existing and developing research and scholarship agendas aimed at addressing vital topics, issues and challenges within diverse organizational cultures and inclusion strategies; and
  • Persist in closing the gap between academia and industry through intersections of problem finding and problem solving, academic scholarship and practitioner engagement, and theoretic analytics and practical implementation.


The vision of the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) is to be the leading generator of impactful research-based publications and presentations that lead to practical and innovative solutions for healthy, all-inclusive organizational cultures.

Purpose and Goals


The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) serves as a conduit for the dissemination of ground-breaking and innovative research findings from UOPX faculty and student scholars to stakeholders interested gaining theoretical and applied knowledge for the purpose of supporting diverse organizational cultures and creating all-inclusive working environments. 


Goals for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) include:

  • Creating a center of choice for a community of scholars interested in diversity and inclusion research and scholarship;
  • Supporting members in the dissemination of their research and scholarship through academic presentations and publications;
  • Providing resources to enhance faculty and students’ skills to conduct research and generate scholarship related to latest essential topics in the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); and
  • Building a broad and shared collection of scholarship through close partnerships with business leaders and other stakeholders. 

Recent Blogs

Measurement and accountability in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB): Part 1 of 3 - The introduction

DEIB and the unintended effects of workplace ostracism

Organizational Silence: The Motivation, Impact and Danger of Silence

When employees remain silent by saying or doing very little in response to a significant problem within an organization relationships, productivity and culture suffer.

Emotional Intelligence Enhances Academic Resilience

A New Beginning


Areas Of Research Interest

Diversity Equity Inclusion Belonging Organizations

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