Prof. Thomas Sasso, Department of Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, spoke to BBC Workplace for an article about why the burden to launch diversity and inclusion programs often falls on employees of colour.
Sasso noted that for those employees who do want to take on the labour of initiating and running such programs, there can be potential benefits, including increased leadership, responsibility and voice.
“If there is trust that the organization will engage meaningfully in this process, this can increase organizational commitment, job satisfaction, organizational-citizenship behaviours and other positive employee and organizational outcomes,” he said.
Sasso’s research aims to understand and improve the experiences of diverse and marginalized populations across industries, with particular focus on 2SLGBTQ+ communities. He teaches organizational behaviour, human resource management and leadership.