Diversity is in the Eye of the Beholder

[Speaker] Unzueta, Miguel M:1
1:UCLA (United States of America)

Diversity is a frequently studied topic yet very few studies within social psychology have examined the manner in which lay audiences understand diversity. My research suggests that the desire to protect the interests of one's racial ingroup motivates White-Americans to define diversity broadly - i.e., as either entailing minorities' high numerical and/or their hierarchical representation in an organization - while motivating Asian- and African-Americans to define diversity specifically - i.e., as entailing both minorities' numerical and hierarchical representation. In all, this work suggests that diversity may not have a fixed meaning and that without a specific delineation of what the concept means in particular contexts, diversity may be construed in a manner consistent with people's psychological motivations.
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