Workforce Diversity


An increasing number of organizations—from private companies to the U.S. military—want their workforces to represent a wide range of backgrounds and characteristics. These can include differences in race, ethnicity, gender, class, ideology, age, physical and mental/cognitive abilities, and sexual orientation. RAND conducts empirical research to help leaders clearly define diversity, develop rigorous metrics to support that definition, and design and apply accountability systems.

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    'Grow Your Own' Prep Programs Can Improve Diversity of the Teaching Workforce

    Mar 9, 2022

    Black and Hispanic educators are much more likely than white educators to say they plan to leave the profession, threatening to exacerbate an already overwhelming lack of diversity. Local, “grow your own” alternative teacher preparation programs can help to strengthen the diversity of the teaching workforce, as well as enable districts to address broader staffing challenges.

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    Developing a Pipeline of Diverse Talent into the Public Sector

    Nov 16, 2021

    Public-sector agencies, schools, and community organizations could attract more diverse and talented workers by articulating leadership commitment to recruiting from underrepresented groups, communicating the benefits of public-sector careers, and improving awareness of jobs and internships.

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