Best Practices for Diversity/Inclusion Efforts
Richard Harvey and Ana Hernandez Kent reviewed The Color Bind: Talking (and not Talking) About Race at Work by Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley. Like many organizations, my university has struggled and continues to struggle with diversity/inclusion (D/I) efforts. The administration has included D/I information on the website, as have individual departments. Human resource professionals and associate deans with D/I experience have been hired. Committees have been formed. Student government has become involved. Speakers, workshops, seminars, open forums, and other activities have been scheduled. My own department recently proposed a D/I essay contest for our psychology majors. Earlier in my career, I had some interest in program evaluation, so I often wonder to what extent have these efforts made a difference and how can we evaluate their effectiveness.
So, what are the best practices for instituting D/I efforts? What recommendations would you make to organizations, including higher educational institutions? And if you feel really ambitious, provide suggestions on how to evaluate their effectiveness.