#2 Diversity in the Workplace


Individual Project 500- 750 words


Diversity Training Manual: Part II

As the new human resources manager, you are now ready to complete the next section of a diversity training manual that is targeted at making your workforce supervisors more aware of current racial diversity issues (e.g., the dramatic increase in the Hispanic percentage of the workforce) and how the supervisors should address them. The goal is to reduce potential tensions in the workplace among employees of different races.

Part II is to be titled, Historical Issues of Different Races in the Workplace and How to Handle Them.

This section should discuss the following: 

  • Different races now or likely to be in the workforce of the future, based on the U.S. populations racial demographic changes
  • Particular issues that create tensions among the different groups
  • How supervisors need to address these issues that could potentially cause ten

Reading Assignment: Kossek & Lobel chapters3,6,15.




Discussion Board  150-250 words


As the manager of human resources (HR) in a medium-size company that is involved with several Affirmative Action initiatives, you have noticed that the racial makeup of your workforce has an increasing number of multiracial employees (or workers who are the offspring of a biracial couple). You are wondering how these employees should be counted in any kind of attempt to implement Affirmative Action.

In other words, if future hiring is meant to make the workforce relatively proportionate to the population's racial mix, should workers who are, for example, offspring of an African-American mother and a Caucasian father be counted as White, African-American, or neither? Explain your answer.

Discuss the following information:

  • The trend being seen in the general population in terms of people who could be characterized as biracial.
  • Study the following table and comment on the views of multiracial people regarding Affirmative Action found  

    Interviewees' Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action

    View on Affirmative Action


    Pro-AA and in favor of biracial persons qualifying


    Mixed feelings about AA but believe all biracial persons should qualify


    Pro-AA but unsure whether or not biracial persons who appear white should qualify


    Pro-AA but believe biracial persons who appear white should not qualify


    Opposed to AA but believe biracial persons should qualify as long as it exists


    (Korgen, 1999)


  • How do you think biracial people should be counted in terms of Affirmative Action initiatives? Explain your answer from an objective perspective. This should be the main focus in your discussion.



Korgen, K. O. (1999). From black to biracial: Transforming racial identity among Americans. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

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