The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, the publication of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) just published an article by Bernardo Ferdman and several colleagues discussing key trends in diversity and inclusion work.

“At SIOP’s 2017 annual conference in Orlando, a panel of experts discussed some of these questions in the context of what is ‘innovative’ and ‘new’ in the field of diversity, with the goal of distinguishing organizational practices that may be fads from more substantive, effective approaches to fostering diversity and inclusion (Shyamsunder, Burlacu, Eagly, Ferdman, & Nugent, 2017).

The panel brought together established researchers and practitioners who have looked at this topic in a variety of ways. Bernardo M. Ferdman, Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and principal at Ferdman Consulting, brought a perspective based on research and his consulting experience to focus on inclusion as a key outcome that diversity initiatives seek to influence. Alice Eagly, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, shared insights about problems that arise when claims about diversity are not evidence based. Julie S. Nugent, Vice President and Center Leader of the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, shared her perspective on defining and measuring organizational inclusion. Gabriela Burlacu, Human Capital Management Researcher at SAP SuccessFactors, shared insights into how companies are applying technology to address diversity and inclusion challenges. The discussion was led by Aarti Shyamsunder, an independent consultant based in Bangalore, India who routinely engages with companies on diversity and inclusion issues.

The panelists raised critical topics in the research and practice of diversity and inclusion. In this article, we distill some of the themes brought forth concerning pressing questions in this field.”

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