Gender and Public Policy Seminar: Promoting Diversity in Organizations





The Gender and Public Policy Seminar has been designed to give students an opportunity to engage with leading-edge scholars and practitioners working to advance gender equality. Because the subject of “gender and public policy” is too wide ranging and global to address within a single semester, we aim to focus the course each year on a “spotlight” issue. 

The spotlight focus for the Spring 2020 semester is promoting race and gender equality at work. More specifically, the seminar will cover organizationally-relevant research on workplace discrimination, and offer a model of organizational change. Coverage of these topics will include race, gender, and intersectional perspectives. The research will include some international comparative perspectives but will be primarily U.S.-based.

The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first and final weeks of the semester will be devoted, respectively, to framing the course and presenting on students’ field projects. Students will work in groups on seminar-relevant research projects for real clients engaged in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at work. On all other Tuesdays, students will take turns leading a class discussion of the assigned readings. On Thursdays, students will participate in a research seminar with invited speakers. The Thursday sessions will be hosted by the HKS Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) and be open to the HKS community. Readings for the Tuesday class sessions will provide background and a broader research perspective on the Thursday presentations. We will work to arrange opportunities for interested students to meet with the visiting speakers.

This course is likely to be particularly beneficial to students who are interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and who may have interests in pursuing a career in diversity consulting. Our primary objective is to equip students with a theory-based understanding of the primary obstacles to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and with a quiver of interventions that will create social justice transformation at the level of individual, organization, and society.

Additional Information

Faculty: Robert Livingston  
Time: Tues and Thurs, 11:45am – 1:00pm    
MLD 670