1st Edition

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work

By George B. Cunningham Copyright 2024
    372 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    372 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work is a comprehensive, accessible text focusing on DEI and how they influence employees’ access to work, their experiences in the workplace, and the outcomes for teams and organizations. The book examines the differences in opportunities and experiences among different groups as well as the ways managers can create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. The book takes a multilevel approach and breaks down the issues to consider the micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors of DEI.

    The book is structured around three parts. The first section offers an overview of the foundations of DEI, including an overview and its relevance for aspiring managers, theoretical tenets of diversity, research in the area, and the constructs of bias. In the second section, the author examines the various forms of diversity, including race, gender, age, disability, appearance, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, and social class. The final part supports the reader in thinking through strategies for reducing bias, creating diverse and inclusive workplaces, and ways organizations can impact the DEI in their communities.

    Pedagogical features include the following:

    • DEI at Work cases to open each chapter
    • DEI in Practice to connect theory to real-life examples
    • Different Point of View boxes to present alternative perspectives
    • Expert Perspectives to hear from professionals in the field
    • Further reading and web resources to take extended learning opportunities
    • Review questions to test knowledge

    About the Author




    1 Overview of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    2 Theoretical Tenets of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    3 Researching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work

    4 Bias: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination


    5 Race

    6 Gender

    7 Age

    8 Disability

    9 Appearance

    10 Religion

    11 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    12 Social Class


    13 Reducing Individual Bias

    14 Strategies for Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Organizations

    15 Organizations and Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Communities

    Author Index

    Subject Index


    George B. Cunningham is the UAA Endowed Professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. Author of more than 200 articles and book chapters, Cunningham focuses on diversity and inclusion, including ways to increase access, improve people’s experiences at work, and create and sustain diverse and inclusive organizations. He has widely published management, psychology, and gender studies journals.

    If ever there is an urgent need for accessible, clear-thinking about why the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion matters, it is now. Prof. Cunningham’s expertise is on full display in this thoroughly researched, cogently written roadmap to an inclusive workplace. "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work" evidences the relationship between an affirming, equitable workplace and organizational success. This book is required reading for everyone who cares about creating a transformational and thriving enterprise.

    Robin R. Means Coleman is the Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Work authored by a world-leading expert in organisational diversity provides a comprehensive and sophisticated overview of the field, and  cutting-edge insights into the issues facing the world of work and DEI today.

    Emma Sherry, Dean of the School of Management at RMIT University.