Managing Organizational Diversity

| November 25, 2015

 

The Project has three components: (1) written journal entries on Online Resource articles, videos, and class exercises, (2) a one-page synthesis of the journal entries, and (3) a two-minute verbal presentation on the synthesis

Journal:

Your entries for class exercises, videos, and items from BlackBoard Online Resources were listed each week in Weekly Assignments. The entry should be a 4-5 (or more if you wish) sentence personal statement that has meaning to you. For example, your entry could address the following: What are your observations on the content of the item? What was your reaction to the item? Is it new information for you? What was the most important thing that you learned from it? Do you agree or disagree with the content of the item? Be thoughtful. Be honest.

The journal entries that you turn in can be handwritten or typed. The journal entries should include material from Week 1 through Week 10. MAKE A SUBHEADING FOR EACH ARTICLE! The entries are for each individual item; not a one paragraph entry of all of the week’s items together.

Synthesis:

Once you have made all of your entries from Weeks 1-10, you will prepare a one-page typed single-spaced synthesis of all of these entries. A synthesis is not a summary. Don’t simply repeat the entries that you have already written. Look at all of the entries and ‘connect the dots.’ It should highlight the most important facts, self-evaluation insights, and “A-Ha!” moments that you got out of the course. The synthesis should be introspective and scratch beneath the surface. Do not be afraid to mention in entries articles that were not valuable to you or you disagreed with, if any. What do all of the entries — taken together — say to you? Note: The synthesis cannot exceed one page.

Presentation:

You will also have an opportunity to share (whatever you wish to disclose about) your synthesis in a 1-2 minute presentation to fellow students during the Week 13 classes. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted. It is strictly verbal. You may bring other visual objects or artifacts if they reinforce a point you are trying to make. Organize your thoughts and make your presentation interesting. Do not read your one page synthesis to us. Practice and time yourself because the two minute limit, in fairness to all students, will be enforced.

As part of your Final Project “journal”, write a paragraph with your personal reaction, diversity observations, etc. on the following items. They can be found on BlackBoard on Online Resources, unless otherwise stated. Make sure you have a separate heading and paragraph for each item. You cannot lump all of the week’s separate items together in to one paragraph.

Again, all documents listed below are on BlackBoard Online Resources unless noted otherwise.

After Week 1 Class Meeting

Required:
– Introductory Diversity Quiz (done in class)
– PBS video on “Race: The Power of an Illusion” (watch video on your own; see below)
– Sorting People
Instructions for access to the streaming version of “Race: The Power of an Illusion”:

1. Copy and paste this entire url into a web browser:

https://catalog-libraries-rutgers-edu.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/vufind/Record/4685363

2. Scroll toward the bottom of the page where it says “Online Access.” Click on the link for electronic access.

3. A new window will appear that asks you to click on a link to log in with institutional credentials. You should click on this to get another screen.

4. The new screen will have a pull-down menu that says, “Choose your institution.” Choose Rutgers from the list of academic institutions that have access to the movie. Click “Next.” [Sometimes you will be taken directly to the film; in some instances when click Next, you will be taken to another screen where you will log in with your NetID and password for Rutgers accounts.]

5. Once you are logged in, you will have access the film in a new window. The video has 3 episodes. JUST WATCH EPISODE ONE, “The Difference Between Us”, which explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. It is about 55 minutes.

If you have any questions or problems, call Dana Library Media Services at 973-353-5917.

After Week 2 Class Meeting

Required:
– “Skin Deep” (in-class video)
– Fact vs. Fiction summary deck posted in BlackBoard “Course Documents” Week 2
– How Expensive It is to be Poor

After Week 3 Class Meeting

Required:
– “CBS Reports: The Civil Rights Act of 1964” (in-class video)
– CRA Title VII explanation
– Senator Strom Thurmond
– Congressman Howard Smith
After Week 4 Class Meeting

Required:
– “Race and Sex” (in-class video)
– “Fairer Sex” (in-class video)
– PBS Interview with Nancy DiTomaso of Rutgers Business School
– White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
– 6 Steps to Speak Up

After Week 7 Class Meeting

Required:
– Glass Ceiling
– Glass Wall
– Granite Wall
– Bamboo Ceiling

After Week 8 Class Meeting

Required:
– The Business Case for Diversity
– Performance Appraisal and Demographic Diversity
– EEOC Pending Cases
– EEOC New Strategy

After Week 9 Class Meeting

Required:
– Top 50 Companies
– A Sisterhood of Workplace Infighting
– Reverse Discrimination

After Week 10 Class Meeting

Required:
– Diversity: It’s About Respect (in-class video)
– Sexual Harassment: New Perspectives (in-class video)
– From Affirmative Action to Affirming Diversity
– Managing Diversity Self-Assessment

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