Tensions in Talking Diversity

Linda M. Gallant, Kathleen J. Krone

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Diversity policies and programs continue to be a prominent yet problematic feature of organizational life. This study explored tensions arising as 30 employees talk about their experience with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA), and diversity in a midwestern human service organization. Tensions related to fairness and fear emerged as interpretive themes prompting majority group members to avoid interacting about racial differences and minority group members to do the work of making difference meaningful. We argue that formal policies and diversity programs be re-imagined so as to ease interaction constraints between groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Diversity Policies and Programs
  • Interaction about Differences
  • Tensions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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