January 09, 2020

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

Sanctioned Radicals: Comparing Collective Organizing Around Race and Gender at Work

Talk description:
This incubator presentation compares collective organizing around race versus gender within organizations. The data primarily come from observations and interviews with members of employee resource groups (ERGs) in two tech companies based in Silicon Valley. I discuss how the systems of gender and racial inequality differentially shape the way ERGs access resources over time as well as the particular challenges that come from organizing within companies as a part of formalized groups.

Lumumba Seegars is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School (micro track). He studies how individuals’ values and identities shape how they experience, enact, and react to organizational initiatives focused on inequality. Specifically, he studies diversity and inclusion, income inequality, and the (positive and negative) consequences of value misfit in organizations. His dissertation explores how women and racial minorities collectively organize around their identities at work and attempt to make their workplaces more inclusive. He has work experience in education, the performing arts, political campaigns, and ministry. Lumumba completed his undergraduate studies in Social Studies at Harvard College.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at baldwin@umich.edu.