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Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace Webinar

Categories: Seminar



Presented by ARSHRM & CAHRA

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In early 2020, Arkansas and neighboring states passed anti-transgender laws. Such attacks on the civil rights of transgender individuals are not new and highlight the discrimination, barriers, and negative treatment faced by people in the transgender community across all facets of life, including within the workplace.

Please join workplace diversity and inclusion expert Enrica Ruggs for a discussion on the importance of supporting and embracing transgender employees in our organizations. She will discuss research on the workplace experiences many transgender employees face and the consequences of discrimination and bias. She will also provide tips on ways we can work together to create more positive work environments that build inclusion for transgender employees.

Dr. Enrica N. Ruggs is an associate professor of management in the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston (UH). She received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Rice University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, managing diverse workplaces, and human capital analytics. In her research, she examines the manifestation of conflict, bias, and discrimination to provide managers and HR practitioners with evidence-based management solutions regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and procedures. Her current research examines indicators of and factors related to subtle forms of workplace mistreatment against employees with stigmatized social identities, the outcomes of these behaviors, and strategies that individuals and organizations can engage in to combat and reduce discrimination. Additionally, she examines the experiences of minority employees to understand factors that influence job attitudes and psychological well-being. Her research appears in premier academic journals and is regularly presented at academic conferences and universities. Her work has also been featured in popular media outlets, such as the New York TimesMIT Sloan Management Review,U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, and Fortune

 Dr. Ruggs has provided workshops and led discussions for many organizations on topics such as understanding barriers for minorities in leadership, equality in the workplace, and strategies for engaging and building more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She has worked as a consultant for organizations on projects related to employee engagement, employee selection and advancement, and development of relevant job descriptions. Dr. Ruggs is a member of several professional associations including the Academy of Management, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Southern Management Association.

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