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Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks

The following resources include papers and proceedings from the 2006, 2004 and 2001 Diversity Symposia, sponsored in part by The Diversity Collegium. All of these publications are available free of charge. If you need assistance or have questions about these documents, please contact Collegium Member, Barbara Deane through our Contact Us page.

Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World

Updated and Revised Edition, 2011.

The Diversity Collegium is the first and primary sponsor of the global diversity & inclusion benchmarks tool. This free tool, available as a booklet identifies standards for excellent diversity & inclusion work. Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter (Diversity Collegium members), working with a 79-person Expert Panel around the world (includes many Collegium members), have designed the benchmarks to be universal. The 13 categories in four groups -- Foundation, Bridging, Internal and External -- are usable for all types and sizes of organizations in all sectors around the world. The new model for the D&I field illustrates the breadth, scope, and relationship of various categories of work. There are five levels of benchmarks for each category, with the top level generally considered best practices. Use of the tool is free. Please request permission to use it and permission will be granted. Contact the Diversity Collegium here.

Contact Julie O'Mara www.omaraassoc.com or 
Alan Richter www.qedconsulting.com for an alternate format for people with disabilities and double-sided printing. Please contact Julie or Alan for a slide presentation on the Benchmarks.

Download pdf file of GD&I Benchmarks booklet, 
Download the one-page worksheet (pdf file), So Where Are You? 

2006 Symposium: The World is Flat: Implications for Diversity Management

Executive Summary, PDF 
Executive Summary, Text file 

Full Proceedings Report, PDF 
Full Proceedings Report, Text file 

2004 Diversity Symposium: Equity, Affirmative Action and Diversity

Executive Summary - 2004 Diversity Symposium

(Text file pending - check back soon

Proceedings Report - 2004 Diversity Symposium
2004Proceedings.pdf (Text file pending - check back soon)

Paper No. 1: Affirmative Action: 25 Years and Counting, By R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.. D.B.A. Thomas PowerPoint Slides

Paper No. 2: Impact of the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Decisions on Corporate and Community Dialogue, By Jeffrey A. Norris, J.D. 2004Norrispaper.pdf

Paper No. 3a: Affirmative Action in a Global Context: Diversity and the Intersection of Civil and Human Rights by Karen Narasaki, J.D.

Paper No. 3b: Close to Home: Case Studies of Human Rights Work in the United States Source: A Ford Foundation Report

Paper No. 3c: A Considered Opinion: Affirmative Action as an International Human Rights Dialogue By Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Global Matrix: Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Laws Around the World

Developed by Monica Ercolano, Barbara Deane, Edward Hubbard, Ph.D., Alan Richter, Ph.D., and Lynda White

2001 Diversity Symposium: A Conceptual Framework for the Practice of Diversity

Proceedings Report - 2001 Diversity Symposium

Conceptual Framework Model Developed by The Diversity Collegium

Paper No. 1: Developing Cultural Competence: An Integrative Approach to Global and Domestic Diversity By Janet Bennett, Ph.D. and Milton Bennett, Ph.D.

Paper No. 2: An Effective Culture Change Agent: Using a Business Case Approach to Organizational Diversity By Richard Gaskins

Paper No. 3: Diversity: Looking Ahead (a societal approach) By Lani Roberts, Ph.D.
2001RobertsOneorMany.pdf (additional article)