Bigger than Glass Ceilings: Can we change the narrative of diversity and inclusion in order to break the glass cage for African Americans??


Thursday, April 02, 2020: 7:00pm - 8:00pm -

Jason Brooker, Case Western Reserve University, USA

African Americans continue to deal with racism in the workplace today despite the narrative that the vice has reduced significantly in modern times. African American men are the most affected with the perceptions that they are a danger to society. Organizations that want to promote diversity must address persistent stereotypes in order to realize significant change.

This lighting talk will provide attendees with an outlook on the challenges that many organizations face when adopting diversity and inclusion programs in the workplace and traps that prohibit success. With a short demonstration, the speaker will present the Categorization Elaboration Model (CEM) to identify factors and concepts that can promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace (Guillaume et al. 2017).

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Kalev, A. (2009). Cracking the Glass Cages? Restructuring and Ascriptive Inequality at Work. American Journal of Sociology, 114(6), 1591-1643.

Sedgley, N., & Elmslie, B. (2018). Discrimination, human capital, and life expectancy in a model of economic development. International Journal of Economic Theory, 14(3), 211-232.