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Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research

Research Chair: Kimberly M. Underwood

The Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR) serves as the departmental home for faculty and students who have an expressed interest or have an existing research agenda in the topics of workplace diversity and inclusion. As the field of diversity and inclusion 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 initiatives. 

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 agenda and research contributions, (2) serving as an advisor or contributor, or (3) serving as a postdoc research fellow for the Center.  For more information on research opportunities and/or Center membership, 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 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 UOP 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;
  • Supporting members in the dissemination of their research through academic presentations and publications;
  • Providing resources to enhance faculty and students’ skills to conduct research related to latest essential topics in the field of diversity and inclusion; and
  • Building a broad and shared collection of scholarship through close partnerships with business leaders and other stakeholders. 

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