The Science of LGBT Inclusion

What does science say about work place inclusion?

We all know in theory that people feel happier and work better together if they are accepted by their immediate community for being who they are, but is there actual science that proves this point? What is needed to actually bring about social change? What role do allies have in this process?

In celebration of Pride around the world this summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jojanneke van der Toorn, who is a joint professor with both Leiden University and Utrecht University. In this podcast, she outlines the basic concepts of inclusion and diversity, and also describes her current projects, which encompasses the LGBTQI experiences in the workplace. She uses her findings to create effective and evidence based policies on inclusion and diversity for organizations.

Also check out the Elsevier Connect post on this topic:

Also, read a related article commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots:

  1. Sahin, O.; Van, der Toorn J.M.; Jansen, W.S.; Boezeman, E.J.; Ellemers, N. (2019) Looking beyond our similarities: How perceived (in)visible dissimilarity relates to feelings of inclusion at work.
  2. Naomi Ellemers, Jojanneke van der Toorn, Yavor Paunov, Thed van Leeuwen (2019)The Psychology of Morality: A Review and Analysis of Empirical Studies Published From 1940 Through 2017.
  3. Cramwinckel, F. M., Scheepers, D. T., & Van der Toorn, J. (2018). Interventions to reduce blatant and subtle sexual orientation- and gender identity prejudice (SOGIP): Current knowledge and future directions. Social Issues and Policy Review, 12, 183-217.
  4. Van der Toorn, J. (2018). Naar een inclusieve werkvloer: Seksuele oriëntatie en gender identiteit op het werk [Toward an inclusive workplace: Sexual orientation and gender identity at work]. Inaugural speech at Leiden University, April 6 2018. 

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