This semester the department will be the host for an important talk and discussion about diversity in the workplace and in higher education. On January 23, Millsaps will welcome guest speaker Dr. David Embrick, an associate professor in the Sociology Department at Loyola University - Chicago, for a talked entitled, "Multiculturalism, Diversity & Inclusiveness: Examining Diversity Ideology in the Post-Civil Rights Era."
The talk will focus on the relationship between diversity ideology and corporations and institutions. It will examine that U.S. institutions, including those of education and higher education,are increasingly redefining diversity in a way that ignores or downplays persistent issues of racial or gender bias in the workplace and institutions of higher education. Dr. Embrick will argue that diversity ideology has allowed many corporations and institutions to appear progressive in terms of advocating for inclusiveness, yet continue to maintain the status quo. The conclusion from his research findings indicate that popular concepts and actions, such as affirmative action and the establishment of diversity offices has enabled many institutions to evoke new rhetoric that may be far more dangerous than colorblind racism.
We are honored to have Dr. Embrick as a visitor to campus. Dr. Embrick has been published in a number of journals including Sociological Forum, The Journal of Symbolic Interaction, Race and Society, Sex Roles, Critical Sociology and the Journal of Intergroup Relations and is the author of three books. He is also currently finishing three book projects due to come out between 2013 and 2014. He is a former American Sociological Association Minority Fellow. He is the past-chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities and currently the secretary/treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Latino/as Section. He is also the current Chair of the Society for the Study of Social Problem's Racial/Ethnic Minorities Division, as well as the Vice-President of Publications for the Association of Humanist Sociology and the Vice-President of the Southwestern Sociological Association.
The topic and presentation promise to be informative and thought provoking. Dr. Embrick's talk will be held in Murrah Hall 207 at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the public. All are welcome.