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Managing a Diverse Workforce: Affirmative Action

By Thomas A. Timmerman, Ph.D., SPHR  1/13/2010

One of the biggest challenges in teaching affirmative action is that students bring preconceived ideas with them to class. Many of these preconceptions are wrong, but students are resistant to change because beliefs about affirmative action are often strongly tied to deeply held political and social values. Therefore, this module begins by introducing affirmative action through nontraditional illustrations. These illustrations help demonstrate what affirmative action really is. They also introduce affirmative action as a strategic initiative that is fully consistent with meritocracy. This module consists of an instructor’s manual and a PowerPoint presention.

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