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The Humanities Conference 2003

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Understanding Differences Between Affirmative Action, Multiculturalism, and Diversity in the United States

Mitchell F. Rice.


The concepts of affirmative action, multiculturalism, and diversity have been important terms in American society. Affirmative action has been a tool for promoting the hiring and advancement of minorities in the workplace. Multiculturalism has been advanced as an approach for understanding and appreciating differences between people of different cultures and backgrounds. Diversity has been viewed as an important and necessary component of workforces for businesses and organizations to maintain high levels of productivity and competitiveness. Yet, there exists continued confusion and controversy among these concepts by critics and pundits in the United States over objectives/outcomes, societal institutional origins, definitions, methodology, and implementation strategies. This presentation focuses on how these concepts are different and distinct in objectives/outcomes, societal institutional origins, definitions, methodology, and implementation strategies.

Presenters

Mitchell F. Rice  (United States)
Professor
Race and Ethnic Studies Institute; Faculty of Political Science/Public Administration
Texas A&M University

Dr. Mitchell F. Rice is Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute and Professor of Public Administration/Political Science in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, DC. He is the author/coauthor/editor of five books including Diversity and Public Organizations (1996) and 100 scholarly journal articles and other publications.

Keywords
  • Affirmative Action
  • Multiculturalism
  • Diversity



(60 min Workshop, English)