Faculty Book: Tamara Buckley

Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley

The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) About Race at Work
(Russell Sage, 2014)
Workplace experts Foldy and Buckley investigate diversity in office settings, looking at how both the “color blind” approach—which emphasizes similarity and assimilation and understanding people as individuals rather than members of racial or cultural groups—and what they call “color cognizance” have profound effects on the ways coworkers think and interact with each other. Based on an intensive two-and-a-half-year study of employees at a child welfare agency, the authors show how color cognizance—the practice of recognizing the profound impact of race and ethnicity on life experiences while affirming the importance of racial diversity—can help workers move beyond silence on the issue of race toward more inclusive workplace practices. While often challenging to implement, color cognizance can help institutions better acknowledge and reflect the increasingly diverse populations they serve. Tamara Buckley (Assoc. Prof., Hunter) serves on the doctoral faculty in psychology.

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Submitted on: MAR 12, 2014

Category: Faculty Books | Psychology