Past Event

DEI & Expertise in Racialized Organizations Workshop

March 16, 2023 - March 17, 2023
5:00 PM
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David Geffen Hall (Room 320), Columbia University, 645 West 130th Street, New York

Event Description

After the killing of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and about structural racism embedded in organizations have become ubiquitous. Many such discussions call attention to the fact that organizations are not, as they have long been presumed, racially "neutral"—a key tenet of racialized organizations theory (Ray, 2019). Scholars studying DEI have traditionally examined organizational DEI practices' effectiveness (or lack thereof). Despite the importance of such contributions, these studies ignore essential elements of DEI work—the workers themselves—that, if addressed, will enhance our conversations around DEI both in the academy and in organizations implementing research-based practices. For example, we lack an understanding of how social-organizational processes shape the everyday life of DEI personnel in racialized organizations. This is just one example of where innovative scholarship on DEI expertise in racialized organizations is sorely needed

At this two-day mini-conference and paper development workshop, participants will hear presentations from some leading scholars in this field, attend networking and professional development sessions, and receive feedback on their paper from a faculty member with expertise in their topic.

Event Information

Free and open to Columbia University ID holders. No registration required. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

This event was sponsored in part by a 2022 Seed Grant from the Center for Science and Society. Hosted by Columbia Business School