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Going Beyond Diversity Statements with Dr. Sonia K. Kang, PhD

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569 Spadina Avenue

Main Activity Hall (Room 208)

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J7

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Please join the University of Toronto Connections & Conversations St. George Chapter between 12pm and 1pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in the Main Activity Hall (Room 208) at the Multi-Faith Centre for “Going Beyond Diversity Statements” with Dr. Sonia K. Kang, PhD.

This workshop will explore ways in which employers and job seekers are reacting to discrimination in the labor market, and offer suggestions for increasing the diversity of U of T's workforce by making its hiring practices more equitable.

Please bring your lunch.

Space is accessible. To request accommodations, please email hanna.rashid@utoronto.ca by February 14, 2018.


Speaker: Dr. Sonia Kang is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the Institute for Management and Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Sonia is cross-appointed to the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Her research explores stigma, identity, and the challenges and opportunities of diversity. Some recent themes investigated in her research are the effects of high and low power on performance, the interpretation of equality rights under the Canadian Constitution, the effectiveness of pro-diversity statements, and the decision to reveal or conceal one’s race when navigating the labor market. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Annual Review of Psychology, and has been featured in media outlets such as The Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, and The Atlantic. You can follow Sonia on Twitter @Sonia_Kang

"Despite the proliferation of interest in increasing diversity, discrimination continues to be a major problem in the labor market. This workshop will explore ways in which employers and job seekers are reacting to this discrimination, and offer suggestions for increasing the diversity of U of T's workforce by making its hiring practices more equitable.

I will share the results of a novel program of research which investigated the interplay between two practices. First, a practice adopted by many organizations: explicitly advertising their dedication to diversity, or identifying themselves as "pro-diversity", “equal opportunity”, or “diversity-friendly” employers. Second, a practice adopted by some minority job seekers: “resume whitening” — concealing or downplaying racial cues on a job application to increase the chance of getting a callback for an interview.

This workshop will explore these two themes and provide attendees with an opportunity to formulate, adapt, and challenge their perspectives on pro-diversity statements and resume whitening. We will conclude with a discussion of new directions and possible solutions."

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