Virtual Event



Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace: What’s Working?

Monday, June 26, 2023 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

In a tight job market, employers know that creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is key to remaining competitive. But how effectively do employers’ efforts to advance DEI reduce workers’ experiences of discrimination and intolerance? With ample evidence showing that racism and other forms of bias can have lifelong effects on workers’ opportunities to climb the economic ladder, the urgency is clear. Employers and workers alike benefit from a safe and welcoming workplace. But what does it take to make that vision a reality? 

Join WorkRise for a virtual event with nationally recognized researchers and leaders from the workforce development, business, and worker advocacy communities to consider these and other questions arising from efforts to advance DEI in the workplace. The conversation will include reflections from Boston College’s Work Equity Initiative, which partnered with the Society of Human Resource Management on the National Study for Workplace Equity to examine how equity practices vary across the employee life cycle. Attendees will also hear from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, whose research examining perceived and experienced racism in the workplace will be released in conjunction with the webinar event. Joining the discussion will be leaders from the National Black Worker Center and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, who will share ideas about how employers can change specific practices to advance racial equity.


  • Michael J. Baptiste, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Sam Bradley, Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work
  • Ronald Quincy, Professor of Professional Practice and Special Advisor to the Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Rutgers University
  • Carl Van Horn, Director and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
  • Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director, National Black Worker Center


Support for this event is provided by the funders of WorkRise. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to
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