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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    Strategies to Diversify the K–12 Teacher Workforce

    All students—especially those of color—benefit academically and socially from having teachers who are people of color. Ways to recruit and retain more diverse teachers include lowering the cost of becoming a teacher, increasing the diversity of the applicant pool, and building positive collegial relationships and inclusive school environments.

    Sep 20, 2022

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    Diversity Can Enhance Military Effectiveness

    Embracing diversity in the military could bring significant operational and strategic advantages. For example, diversity is important in developing effective, ethical, and trustworthy AI systems. How can the UK and U.S. armed forces remove barriers to inclusion and attract more diverse workforces?

    Aug 23, 2022

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