Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series: Bruce Tracey

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Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series: Bruce Tracey

As part of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series, Saunders College of Business is proud to host Professor Bruce Tracey, Ph.D., on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 11 12:30 p.m. in Max Lowenthal Hall (Saunders College) Room 1135 followed by a lunch reception. This event is open to all faculty and graduate students.

Bruce Tracey, Ph.D.

Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resource Management
Area Chair for Management and Organizations
Editor, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly
Cornell University |  Nolan School of Hotel Administration at the SC Johnson College of Business
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Topic: DE&I in the Restaurant and Foodservice Industry

Abstract: The restaurant industry is currently one of the largest, demographically diverse, and most in-demand employers in the U.S., yet one of 68 professions with a median wage under $30,000 annually. These indicators contribute to a low wage, low skill moniker that has hung over this industry sector for decades, and the image has been tarnished further by ongoing retention problems, continued evidence of racial discrimination, and increasing calls for social justice. One of the ways restaurant and foodservice companies can address these challenges is to implement policies and practices that actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in employment. Unfortunately, in light of the aforementioned concerns, the efficacy of DE&I initiatives in the restaurant and foodservice industry appear suspect. To address this concern, the purpose of the current study was to examine the nature and extent of diversity management initiatives that have been adopted by firms in the restaurant and foodservice industry, and the extent to which the adopted DE&I policies and practices may be related to firm-level diversity and perceptions about working in the restaurant and foodservice industry among current and former restaurant and foodservice employees. 

Muhammet Kesgin
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When and Where
March 24, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room/Location: Room 1135

This is an RIT Only Event

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