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Assignment Questions

Expanding Diversity Consciousness

The purpose of the course project is to provide a learning experience in which you will conduct research in the field to identify and evaluate diversity practices in the real world of business and industry. You will choose a workplace setting that has diversity practices in place, and then explore how those practices and the environment they help create compare to their intended purpose. This will give you the opportunity to compare diversity theories to their practical application in the workplace, and evaluate the results.

A portion of your project will be conducted in the field. To conduct the field research, you will:
•Select a ethnic or linguistic minority population different from your own on which to focus.
•Select a field site??”a company, counseling center or any organization that has diversityhiring and management practices in place??”to serve as the focus of your evaluation.
•Conduct three interviews of employers in three different organizations. One of the three must be in the field site you selected.

Conducting the Interviews
During the interviews, find out what policies and relating to diversity are in place, and how they are implemented or enforced. If possible, get copies of the policies and procedures to use, reference, and evaluate.

Determine how diverse the organization’s employees are. Ask questions about how diversity is welcomed and managed within the organization. What is the employer’s attitude towards a diverse workforce? What problems or disadvantages does he or she attribute to diversity? What successes or advantages? How does the employer project a diversity consciousness in the workplace?

Compiling the Project
As you progress through this course, you will create your project as a series of components.

First you will create and submit the literature review, employer interviews summary, and annotated bibliography sections of the project. Then you will draft a 10??”15 page research and recommendations section in which you compare diversity theories to their practical application in the workplace and make recommendations for expanding a diversity consciousness in your selected field site.

Finally, you will revise the draft and add a brief discussion of how organizational or employer codes of ethics apply, or should apply, to diversity practices in your selected field site. That revised and expanded draft, combined with your revised literature review, employer interviews summary, and annotated bibliography, form the final course project.

Project Objectives

To successfully complete this project, you will be expected to:
1.Evaluate workplace diversity practices based upon current theories, methods, and research in cross-cultural awareness.
2.Analyze the influence of cultures in the selected field site.
3.Analyze employer attitudes towards diversity within the context of his or her individual cultural competencies.
4.Analyze research about discrimination practices facing the identified diverse group in the workplace.
5.Evaluate the applicability of organizational or employer codes of ethics to diversitypractices in the selected field site.
6.Identify ways in which diversity perspectives relate to treatment of minority groups within the selected field site.
Project Requirements

To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.
•Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (5th Edition) style and formatting.
•Resources: Minimum of 10??”15 in the literature review, each of which must have been published no more than five years ago. Minimum of 10??”15 in the annotated bibliography, focusing on a theme that came out of the employer interviews.
•Employer Interviews Summary: 5??”7 typed double-spaced pages.
•Research and Recommendations Section: 10??”15 typed double-spaced pages.
•Font and font size: Arial, 10 point.

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