Publication Date

Fall 2010

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Communication and Training

First Advisor

Marilyn Yirku

Second Advisor

David M. Rhea, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

JoAnne Smith


Since the early 1990s, the construct of diversity training has been diligently examined as it relates to managing a diverse workforce. Employers have been faced with the daunting task of figuring out how groups of dissimilar people can work collaboratively in the workplace without incident. Differences have to be addressed in the arena of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, and religious views without prejudice, so that we can form more cohesive work groups in the labor force. In an effort to deconstruct negative attitudes and ideals towards differences, we must explore, with employees, differences that may cause friction in the workplace. In order to create a more informed and politically correct worker we must give that worker the necessary tools to understand their environments. This is where diversity training will play a major role in helping employees learn about each other in a setting that is safe and free of judgments .