Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Spurred by a new partnership with Deloitte, described here, the Center for Leadership and Change Management is launching an initiative to support research on under-represented minorities in the workplace with a particular focus on women of color.

The goal is to advance research on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in organizations. Specifically, we seek to gain a more nuanced understanding not only of the challenges that underrepresented minorities and women of color face in the workplace, but also insights into personal, interpersonal, and organizational strategies as well as policy interventions that can support these professionals as they advance in their careers and leadership roles.

Research proposals will be peer reviewed and grants of up to $7,500 will be provided for expenses including research assistants, summer interns, data collection, surveys, and other direct research costs.

A broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives are invited. Please email proposals of no more than three pages to Jing Peng (jingp@wharton.upenn.edu) by Friday, 5:00pm EST, May 14th 2021.

“We are so grateful for Deloitte’s support and collaboration on this vitally important work,” said Erika James, dean of the Wharton School and a leading expert on workplace diversity. “Together, we have an incredible opportunity to help organizations become more inclusive. What better way to do that than producing insights and empowering people to put them to work. While leaders need these solutions right now, our students are hungry for the knowledge that will help them ‘be the change’ in the sectors they choose for their future careers. ”

For more information, please contact Jing Peng