Graduate Scholar Talk: "The Case of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Personnel"
Speaker: Sandra Veronica Portocarrero, Sociology Department
The year 2020 was a catalyst for organizations. How did the killing of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020 changed the nature of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) expertise in the American workplace? In this study, Portocarrero examines how this event altered the nature of DEI expertise within an organization, Redwood University (pseudonym), one of the University of California campuses. She shows how the everyday lives of DEI personnel is being redefined, advancing our understanding of race, expertise, and organizations.
Graduate Scholar Talks provide Ph.D. candidates preparing to defend their dissertations an opportunity to make a generalist presentation on their research to a cross-disciplinary audience ready to listen carefully and ask good questions. EPIC members help give the Ph.D. students a useful learning experience and at the same time learn about something that may be well beyond their own scholarly interests.