Discussing Diversity: How Emphasizing and Minimizing Intergroup Differences Affect Bias and Empowerment

Date: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:40am to 1:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Ashley Martin, PhD Candidate, Columbia Business School 

In this seminar, Ashley Martin discusses the consequences of being “aware of” or “blind to” intergroup differences on women’s workplace outcomes. In contrast to organizational best-practices for race relations, which argue that recognizing racial differences is more effective at reducing racial bias than is ignoring them, she shows that deemphasizing, rather than embracing, gender differences promotes men’s inclusion and women’s empowerment.