This seminar is approved for psychology credit, SHRM PDCs, and HRCI CE credit.
Larry Martinez, Portland State University
Megan Snoeyin, Portland State University
Kelly Hamilton, Portland State University
Ho Kwan Cheung, University of Albany-SUNY
This session is intended for a general audience, academic or practitioners.
Participants will be led through an allyship skill-building workshop and learn the most cutting-edge techniques to foster a climate of inclusion for all employees. Dr. Martinez and his team have distilled nearly a decade of research into actionable behaviors in an empirically derived workshop. The workshop has been implemented with organizational partners and supported by federal funding.
The session will include a variety of learning modalities. Background information will be provided in a lecture format. Participants will engage with interactive reflective exercises to understand the importance and universal importance of allyship. Role modeling will be provided in video examples and participants will practice what they have learned in psychologically safe role-playing exercises. All materials and activities will be accessible in person or remotely and participants will follow along in a customized workbook that includes copies of slides and exercises, as well as a toolkit with supplemental materials, which they can keep for later reference.
* Why are allies important in work contexts?
* What behaviors are effective/ ineffective in promoting a climate of inclusion?
* How to engage in effective behaviors and avoid missteps.
Larry Martinez is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Portland State in 2016, he taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management as an Assistant Professor at Penn State for four years. Martinez earned his Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Rice University in 2012. He also earned a BA in psychology and an MA in I/O Psychology at Rice. Martinez's work is focused on inclusion, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in the workplace. In particular, his work has focused on the experiences of traditionally under-represented employees including cancer survivors, transgender individuals, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation minorities. Martinez uses multiple methodologies to examine these experiences including surveys; lab and field experiments; and interviews, focus groups, and other qualitative techniques. Most of his work now focuses on engaging "ally" employees in diversity initiatives. This work has resulted in a federally funded CAREER award, which he is currently administering.
Megan Snoeyink is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. at Portland State University. Snoeyink's work is focused on diversity, inclusion, and occupational health. Specifically, her work has focused on the experiences of historically marginalized populations in the workplace including bisexual employees, houseless job applicants, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Snoeyink also actively assists Dr. Martinez in his work promoting allyship in the workplace by facilitating presentations, creating training materials, assisting with data collection and analyses, and publishing and presenting results. Snoeyink plans to continue her work to support health and well-being among under-represented and under-served employees as she completes her education.
Kelly Hamilton is a fourth-year doctoral student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Portland State University. Prior to graduate school, he spent 15 years as an executive in the media industry and served in board leadership positions for equality-based organizations. His research broadly focuses on diversity, inclusion, and well-being at work. His work has specifically focused on the experiences of employees with marginalized backgrounds, the role of leadership in diversity management, and strategies to reduce discrimination and harassment and increase well-being outcomes in the workplace.