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Workplace Diversity

Introduction

Summer 2010 

This guide is no longer being updated. 

See the Diversity Tab in

Human Resources and the Internet.

Workplace diversity is a people issue, focused on the differences and similarities that people bring to an organization. It is usually defined broadly to include dimensions beyond those specified legally in equal opportunity and affirmative action non-discrimination statutes. Diversity is often interpreted to include dimensions which influence the identities and perspectives that people bring, such as profession, education, parental status and geographic location.

As a concept, diversity is considered to be inclusive of everyone. In many ways, diversity initiatives complement non-discrimination compliance programs by creating the workplace environment and organizational culture for making differences work. Diversity is about learning from others who are not the same, about dignity and respect for all, and about creating workplace environments and practices that encourage learning from others and capture the advantage of diverse perspectives.

This guide provides an introduction to key library and online resources in the area of workplace diversity, including practitioner resources, journals, consultant directories, and more.

Keywords
workplace, employment, diversity, disability, inclusion, ethnic, racial, gender, multiculturalism

Prepared by Susan Woods, Tammy Bormann and Deborah Joseph Schmidle; updated by Deborah Schmidle, currently maintained by Chris Miller

Starting Points

BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

Cornell Law School: Cornell Legal Information Institute: Disability Law

http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/disability.html

This site provides a comprehensive starting point for disability law. It contains overviews of the law and links to federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions in disability legal issues.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Sloan Work and Family Research Network

http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/encyclopedia.php?mode=nav

An online encyclopedia authored by scholars with expertise in the work-family area of study. This work includes entries dealing with family diversity, gender, and generational differences.

Databases

GenderStats

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTGENDER/EXTANATOOLS/EXTSTATINDDATA/EXTGENDERSTATS/0,,menuPK:3237391~pagePK:64168427~piPK:64168435~theSitePK:3237336,00.html

GenderStats is an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators designed with user-friendly, menu-driven features. It offers statistical and other data in modules on several subjects. The data in each module is presented in ready-to-use format. Users have the option of saving the country views in Excel (or another spreadsheet software) to customize them for their own reports.
ABI/Inform (ProQuest Direct Web: 1971- )

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/umia/akx9769

Cornell University community only

ABI/Inform (from Proquest), an extensive international business and management database, contains bibliographic citations, abstracts, and full text of articles appearing in professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines published worldwide.

ABI/Inform covers the areas of accounting, banking, computers, economics, engineering management, communications, finance, health care, human resources, insurances, international trends, labor relations, law, management, marketing, organizational behavior, public administration, real estate, taxation, transportation.

Altpress Index

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/firs/4273365

Cornell University community only

Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political, and social change. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary, with citations drawn from alternative, radical, and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Includes selected abstracts from research journals. Subjects covered include anarchism, democracy, ecology, feminism, gay and lesbian issues, indigenous peoples, labor, national liberation, and socialism.
Alt-press Watch

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/4273487

Cornell University community only

Full text database of selected newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press. Basic or advanced subject searching takes you to in-depth articles on contemporary society, including coverage of the peace movement, ecology and the environment, labor, indigenous peoples, public policy, and grassroots organizing. This coverage of diverse points of view and perspectives complements the reporting in the mainstream press.
Business Source Complete

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/6576918

Cornell University community only

Ipswich, MA: EBSCO Publishing.

Business Source Complete, which includes all journals covered in Business Source Premier, provides full text for scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.
GenderWatch

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/3469540

Cornell University community only

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. The database provides in-depth coverage of the subjects that are uniquely central to women’s lives, including family, childbrith, birth control, daycare, domestic abuse, work and the workplace, sexual harassment, aging, aging parents, body image, eating disorders and social and societal roles.
Left Index

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/4273453

Cornell University community only

This is a comprehensive guide to the diversity of literature on the left, with a primary emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas. Topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization. Index.

Journals

DiversityInc.

http://www.diversityjournal.com/

Profiles in Diversity Journal Online

Books

Addressing Cultural Issues in Organizations: Beyond the Corporate Context

Cornell University Library Holdings

http://www.cornell.worldcat.org/oclc/42643456

Carter, R., ed. Sage Publications, 2000
Challenges Facing the American Workplace

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=Challenges+facing+the+American+Workplace&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Employment Policy Foundation, 2002
Creating the Multicultural Organization: A Strategy for Capturing the Power of Diversity

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=When+generations+collide+%3A+traditionalists%2C+baby+boomers%2C+generation+xers%2C+millennials+%3A+who+they+ar&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Cox, Taylor. Jossey-Bass, 2001.
Dealing with Diversity

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Dealing%20with%20Diversity%2E&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&PID=1967&SEQ=20060710142421&SID=12

Graen, G., ed. Information Age Publishers, 2003

A volume in the series: LMX Leadership

Diversity in the workplace has made significant progress in United States companies. Unfortunately, much of the apparent progress has been at the surface-level of diversity…, where readily visible characteristics identify people of varying genders, ages, ethnicity, and religions. This book provides prescriptions, based on solid theory and research that will allow the deep-level diversity to transform well intentioned affirmative action programs from their old reliance on surface-level diversity to a new reliance on deep-level diversity.

Finding Diversity: A Directory of Recruiting Resources

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=Finding+diversity%3A+a+directory+of+recruiting+resources.&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Ismail, L. Society for Human Resource Management, 2002.
Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Generations%20at%20work%3A%20managing%20the%20clash%20of%20veterans%2C%20boomers%2C%20xers%2C%20and%20nexters%20in%20your%20workplace&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=4

Zemke, Ron. AMACOM, 1999
International HRM: Managing Diversity in the Workplace

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=International+HRM%3A+managing+diversity+in+the+workplace&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Blackwell Business, 2001.
Managing Diversity in Public Sector Workforces

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=Managing+diversity+in+public+sector+workforces.&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Riccucci, Norma. Westview Press, 2002.
Managing Diversity--The Courage to Lead

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=2&ti=1,2&Search%5FArg=Managing%20diversity%2D%2Dthe%20courage%20to%20lead&Search%5FCode=TALL&CNT=50&SID=7

Cross, Elsie Y. Quorum Books, 2000
Inclusive Corporation: A Disability Handbook for Business Professionals

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=+inclusive+corporation%3A+a+disability+handbook+for+business+professionals&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Hogan, Griff. Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, c2003
Psychology and Management of Workplace Diversity

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=psychology+and+management+of+workplace+diversity.&Search_Code=TALL&PID=1967&SEQ=20060710142542&CNT=50&HIST=1

Stockdale, M., ed.  Blackwell Pub, 2004.
When Generations Collide: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=When+generations+collide+%3A+traditionalists%2C+baby+boomers%2C+generation+xers%2C+millennials+%3A+who+they+ar&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Lancaster, Lynne C. HarperBusiness, c2002
Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy

Cornell University Library Holdings

https://catalog.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=Working+together%3A+how+workplace+bonds+strengthen+a+diverse+democracy+&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=50&HIST=1

Estlund, C. Oxford University Press, 2003

Government

BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

Census - United States Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/

The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.  The Bureau adds new material continually. If one wishes to monitor the new kinds of data becoming available, frequent trips to the "new on this site" page and "latest news releases" will be necessary.

Disability.gov

http://www.disability.gov/

Web site contains links to information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.
DOJ: ADA Homepage

http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm

Government information from the Department of Justice including ADA technical assistance materials, settlement information and agreements, new or proposed regulations, IRS tax credits and deductions, telephone contact numbers, information on building codes and more. Also included are locations for ADA mediators and a link to other sites.
EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

http://www.eeoc.gov/

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's homepage offers information on employment discrimination, filing charges, enforcement and litigation, technical assistance programs, and general information on the Commission including press releases and telephone contact points.
JAN - Job Accommodation Network

http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/

Free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with functional limitations. Calls are answered by consultants with access to information about accommodation methods, devices, and strategies. JAN describes their mission as "assisting in the hiring, retraining, retention, or advancement of persons with disabilities by providing accommodation information." "Points of Interest" page has over 250 links to relevant sites.

Associations and Organizations

American Institute for Managing Diversity

http://www.aimd.org/

Site gives information on the Institute with links to their Research department, Advocacy Services (designed to help organizations think through decision making questions). Also has links to various introductory resources on managing diversity including planning and implementation, measurement theory and methods, business rationale, and the organizational impact of managing diversity.

Cases and Decisions

Cornell Law School: Cornell Legal Information Institute: Disability Law

http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/disability.html

This site provides a comprehensive starting point for disability law. It contains overviews of the law and links to federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions in disability legal issues.
Cornell Law School: Discrimination Law

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Employment_discrimination

From the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University. A starting point for discrimination law covering legal issues such as discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, age, and sexual orientation. Provides overviews of the law with links to federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions.

Statistics and Data

Census - United States Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/

The U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.  The Bureau adds new material continually. If one wishes to monitor the new kinds of data becoming available, frequent trips to the "new on this site" page and "latest news releases" will be necessary.

BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

Disability Statistics Center

http://dsc.ucsf.edu/main.php

The Disability Statistics Center produces and disseminates policy-relevant statistical information on the demographics and status of people with disabilities in American society. The Center's work focuses on how that status is changing over time with regard to employment, access to technology, health care, community-based services, and other aspects of independent living and participation in society.
Diversity Central: Diversity Statistics

http://www.diversityhotwire.com/business/diversity_statistics.html

Links to a variety of statistics including women in the workplace, Hispanic female executives, labor force, percentage of unemployed persons by country, corporate boards, and more.

Web Sites

Affirmative Action and Diversity Project

http://aad.english.ucsb.edu/

Presents diverse opinions regarding Affirmative Action topics. This site is an academic resource and it provides scholars, students, and the interested public with on-site articles and theoretical analyses, policy documents, current legislative updates, and an annotated bibliography of research and teaching materials. Because of the physical location of this resource, it contains a substantial amount of information on California politics and the recent Proposition 209. New links and documents are being added continually. Visitors are encouraged to e-mail suggestions.
Best Practices in Achieving Workforce Diversity

http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/initiati/benchmk/workforce-diversity.pdf

Full-text of a benchmarking study from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government.
Diversity Search

http://www.diversitysearch.com/

Career development and job search site, with searchable database with extensive links.
Diversity Working.com: Minority Job Search Engine

http://www.diversityworking.com/home/

A career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Diversityworking.com is also an online national Career Expo producer for general and industry specific events in the diversity marketplace, producing stand alone and co-located job fairs within targeted industry channels.
DiversityOnline

http://www.diversity-online.org/

DiversityOnline is the official website of The Institute for Corporate Diversity, a leading diversity database and research publisher in the U.S. acquired by market research firm Hunt-Scanlon in 1999. The Institute currently publishes the monthly newsletter, Diversity Monitor; the weekly news update, Diversity Newswire; as well as the award-winning directory, Diversity in Corporate America, a 500-page reference packed with essential information for executives managing diversity programs in America's largest organizations.
GayJob.biz

http://www.gayjob.biz/index.cfm

An online community for both gay and lesbian job seekers as well as employers looking for diverse job applicants.  In addition to job postings, find articles, training resources, and more.
Global Diversity@Work

http://www.diversityatwork.com/equity_continuum.html

The online site for The Equity Continuum, developed by Trevor Wilson of TWI, and used by the European Business Network for Social Cohesion.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

http://www.hrc.org/Template.cfm?Section=Work_Life

State of the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans 2003. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation - HRC WorkNet. Retrieved December 26, 2004 from http://www.hrc.org/worknet

Wide range of information related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employment, including news, interactive tools such as a searchable databases of relevant company policies and workplace laws, and an "Ask The Experts" feature.

IMDiversity

http://www.imdiversity.com/

More than a diversity recruiting and job search site with employer profiles, career development resources and news, this site features extensive information links and focused resources organized in six villages to address specific group concerns; African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native-American, Women and Minority Global, which houses the Minorities Global Almanac project designed to collect useful, basic background information, statistics, and link resources for readers to learn more about the social, political, and economic state of their diasporic cousins outside of the U.S.
JAN - Job Accommodation Network

http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/

Free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with functional limitations. Calls are answered by consultants with access to information about accommodation methods, devices, and strategies. JAN describes their mission as "assisting in the hiring, retraining, retention, or advancement of persons with disabilities by providing accommodation information." "Points of Interest" page has over 250 links to relevant sites.
LatPro.com

http://www.latpro.com/

LatPro is a membership organization that acts as a link between its members and corporate and executive recruiters searching for bilingual (Spanish or Portuguese and English) professionals. Many basic services are free to non-members including job listings, reviews of select business and career books, a Latin American executive recruiter directory, and event & trade show information.
Multicultural Advantage: Diversity Staffing Center

http://www.multiculturaladvantage.com/recruit/default.asp

The Diversity Staffing Center from TMA (The Muliticultural Advantage) provides a reading room with articles and other resources to assist with diversity recruitment and retention.
SHRM: Diversity area (Society for Human Resource Management)

http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Pages/default.aspx

Membership Required

Designed for businesses creating a workplace diversity initiative, this site is updated regularly and includes information on diversity training, selecting consultants, affirmative action, recruitment retention, and more. Also included are links to hot topics, bulletin board, toolkit, SHRM's diversity committee, Mosaics, SHRM's bi-monthly diversity publication, and other diversity resources

Workplace Diversity.com

http://www.workplacediversity.com/

WorkplaceDiversity.com - The Source for Diversity Talent is a career web site for corporate and executive recruiters who want to reach experienced, high caliber diversity candidates. Advanced search technology, insider company research, and award winning career content combine to make this site a long-term professional resource.

Consultants

Gardenschwartz and Rowe: Managing Diversity

http://www.gardenswartzrowe.com/home.html

This site focuses on creating inclusive organizational environments. It offers training, consulting and written materials.
Diversity Central - Resources for Cultural Diversity at Work

http://www.diversityhotwire.com/

This site provides a resource for cultural diversity in the workplace. Containing more than 1,200 articles, tools and other resources including news, research, quizzes, a tip of the month, and a leader’s toolkit on diversity.

Directories

SHRM: Consultants Forum Referral (Society for Human Resource Management)

http://www.shrm.org/consultants/directory/default.asp

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) features a Consultants Directory where visitors can view consultants by state or search the directory by keyword.
UConsultUS: Global Directory of Consultants and Consulting Services

http://www.uconsultus.com/diversity.html

The website for Smiley & Co, Ltd, a consulting, coaching and counseling firm specializing in tools, skills, processes and techniques that increase organizational, management, team and individual effectiveness in the workplace and in the community.