Experiential activities help students understand workplace diversityThis book shows readers how to create an inclusive work environment and culture that can value and leverage the contributions of all members, regardless of personal characteristics that are not pertinent to the job. To achieve this, the book provides a comprehensive set of learning activities that address issues related to workplace diversity.  Drawing on a variety of work settings, including both business and not-for-profit organizations, Managing a Diverse Workforce, Third Edition will be an invaluable asset for human resource development courses in departments of management, public administration, and human services. It is a perfect companion to core texts on workforce diversity, including Gary Powell's Women and Men in Management, Fourth Edition (SAGE).

The Prison “Break”

The prison “break”
  • To examine the challenges faced by former prisoners in gaining employment.
  • To explore group dynamics during a decision-making task.
  • To identify individual behaviors that contribute to group effectiveness.
  • To consider the influence of dimensions of diversity on group behavior.
Preparation:Complete questionnaire
Time:60 to 75 minutes


Most employers screen potential job candidates with background searches, credit reports, drug testing, and other tools. These practices make it difficult for ex-convicts to re-enter the workforce. Employers see that an applicant spent time in prison and may assume that the candidate possesses undesirable traits—little job experience, lack of skills, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. The odds of released inmates who are unable to successfully re-enter into society being re-incarcerated are overwhelming. Improving these odds is not ...

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