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Diversity and inclusion in workplaces and other social institutions: science and practice

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People tend to make stereotypical judgments about others, leading to discriminatory practices that limit the full participation of members of some demographic groups in important social institutions (e.g., workplaces, schools, universities, sport). Further, people from these underrepresented groups are often ...

People tend to make stereotypical judgments about others, leading to discriminatory practices that limit the full participation of members of some demographic groups in important social institutions (e.g., workplaces, schools, universities, sport). Further, people from these underrepresented groups are often mistreated within these institutions, resulting in stress, poor mental and physical health, and limited retention. Discrimination can also result in social environments that are harmful to all people, not just the abused.

Less well-known are the processes and practices that can combat these social problems. The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together recent developments in the science and practice of diversity and inclusion across relevant subfields in psychology (e.g., educational, school, industrial-organizational, sport, diversity, and health, among others). These developments can be empirical or theoretical; critical reviews of the literature are also welcome. We encourage submissions that pertain to one of the following areas, but any submissions that clearly pertain to diversity and inclusion in social institutions are welcome.

(1) Empirical work examining interventions that increase participation of underrepresented groups, decrease the mistreatment of less powerful and underrepresented groups, or reduce the prejudiced cognitions of decision-makers who are gatekeepers at social institutions;
(2) New theoretical directions in diversity and inclusion, including an articulation of why, how and when inclusion is manifested;
(3) Critical reviews of the literature, identifying gaps in understanding of diversity and inclusion and why these gaps lead to impoverished scientific conclusions; these critical reviews could focus on theoretical, methodological, or other problems with the literature to date; and
(4) Case studies of diversity and inclusion practices within institutions, with an emphasis on the psychological factors that were essential to the successful implementation of these practices.


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