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 Thursday Theme Track

Science and Practice Perspectives on Contemporary Workplace Discrimination

Theme Track is a conference within a conference, delving deep into a cutting-edge topic or trend and is designed to appeal to practitioners and academics at all levels. There will be multiple integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, panels, debates) scheduled back-to-back throughout the day in the same room. You may stay all day to take advantage of the comprehensive programming and obtain continuing education credits or you may choose to attend just the sessions of most interest to you. There is no additional cost to attend the Theme Track beyond the cost of basic conference registration.

Participants who attend all sessions of the Theme Track are eligible for 5.5 CE credits for psychology purposes. SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  SIOP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of three major organizational strategies for reducing discrimination
  • Discuss important topics in previous and current scholarship on workplace discrimination
  • Forecast future needs in the science and practice of workplace discrimination
  • Describe the best practices for settlement agreements in discrimination cases
  • Create partnerships involving both scientists and practitioners to address workplace discrimination
To obtain information about any of the instructors listed below, please contact siop@siop.org.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
10:30–10:35  Welcome; Chair: Eden King

10:35–11:20  Keynote Address: SIOP and EEOC:  Finding Common Ground
Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the EEOC
Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien heads the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the lead agency in the federal government’s effort to eradicate and remedy discrimination in employment through law enforcement, education, and outreach.  EEOC has a statutory responsibility to end workplace discrimination based on factors such as race and gender, and to ensure that employers do not use non-job-related assessment and selection procedures that have an unjustified adverse impact on the basis of protected characteristics.  To this end, SIOP and EEOC have many goals in common.  Chair Berrien’s remarks will address the common challenges and opportunities shared by SIOP and EEOC as we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, and will call for a renewed dialogue and partnership to better serve American employers and employees.
Chair: Mikki Hebl

11:30am–12:50  Reducing Workplace Discrimination: Legalistic, Training, and Business-Case Perspectives
Using a Devil’s Advocacy format, speakers will present arguments in favor of and against legalistic, training, and business-case approaches to reducing discrimination. This problem solving session will attempt to determine what I-O psychologists and corporate leaders can do to maximize the effectiveness of dominant approaches to reducing discrimination. Chairs:  Bob Dibpoye and Lisa Nishii; Legalistic: Proponent: Art Gutman, Devil’s advocate: Mark Roehling; Training: Proponent: Donna Chrobot-Mason, Devil’s advocate: Lynn Shore; Business-case: Proponent: Wayne Cascio, Devil’s advocate: Aparna Joshi.

1:00–1:30 Break  

1:30–2:50  Settling Workplace Discrimination Cases: The Dos, Don'ts, Costs and Benefits
Because discrimination litigation is time consuming and costly, the end goal may be settlement. This panel brings together a group of experts from diverse disciplines to demonstrate a mock settlement negotiation, discuss recent trends, review settlement strategies, and inform on how I-O psychologists play important roles in this process.     Chairs: Jim Outtz & Eric Dunleavy; Participants: Brad Seligman (The Impact Fund), Geoff Weirich (Paul Hastings), Greg Mitchell (UVA School of Law), David Cohen (DCI),  and Dave Corpus (Ogletree Deakins)

3:00–3:30  Coffee break

3:30–4:50  Narrowing the Science–Practice Gap for Workplace Discrimination
This interactive panel session and town hall discussion will promote dialogue between scholars and practitioners about the needs and desires of each side for knowledge generation about discrimination. Notable scholars and practitioners will describe successful partnerships and strategies for practical scholarship and evidenced-based practice. Chairs: Derek Avery and Kizzy Parks; Panelists: Ondra Berry, Mikki Hebl, Patrick McKay, Nancy Tippins, and Renee Yuengling; Moderator: David Kravitz

5:00–5:50  Scholarly Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Discrimination
Leading scholars will discuss advances in understanding of workplace discrimination, how emergent trends are shaping discourse surrounding workplace discrimination, and key steps for research. This session, which includes audience participation, will generate a research agenda that improves understanding of workplace discrimination and tools for its eradication. Chairs: Lisa Leslie & Eden King; Participants: Art Brief, Madeline Heilman, Ann Marie Ryan, Paul Sackett, and Kecia Thomas.