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Institutional Racism, Organizations & Public Policy

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James D. Ward and Mario A. Rivera

Institutional racism may be described as a self-perpetuating and opaque process where, either intentionally or unintentionally, barriers and procedures which disadvantage ethnic minority groups are supported and maintained. It is often the direct linkage and thus the underlying cause for the lack of diversity and cultural competency in the workplace. Yet institutional racism, as a research topic, has been ignored by scholars because it forces emphasis on the unseen and unspoken, yet culturally relevant underpinnings of the workplace and societal ethos. Studies touching on diversity in the public administration research often address the subject as education and training – especially with regard to the competencies needed by professional administrators. However, racism and discrimination, as underlying factors, are seldom addressed. Once specific examples of institutional racism have been identified in an organization, change agents may take prescriptive steps to address it directly and thus have a more cogent argument for change.
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5 Institutions of Higher Learning and the Promise of Diversity: An Ethics Dialogue for Public Affairs Education and Diversity/Cultural Competency Training

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Chapter Five

Institutions of Higher Learning and the Promise of Diversity: An Ethics Dialogue for Public Affairs Education and Diversity/Cultural Competency Training

Introduction

Any consideration of the prospects of a counter–racist agenda for public administration in the United States must consider diversity and cultural competency education, in both the performative and ethical dimensions of that enterprise. This chapter reflects broad consideration of these themes, ranging from the logic and practical limits of diversity and cultural competency (or “sensitivity”) education and training to the corresponding requirements of dialogue and ethics. The analyses outlined here are broad, and will—it is hoped—help advance a pedagogical agenda capable of impacting the very significant vestiges of systematic racism found among public sector organizations in the United States.

Diversity and Cultural Competency Education

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