Diversity in the Workplace

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Most of the resources listed on this guide are focused on ethnic diversity or on gender diversity with a narrow focus on female/male representation, but your audience may also be interested in neurodiversity and in a more detailed look at gender and sexual orientation. Consider some of the resources in these other guides that I created in the last couple years. (Some of the links in these older guides may now be broken.)

Also see my guide to Recruiting Millennials and Gen Z since one of the concerns of your audience is the effect on employee recruitment of any changes that they make.

In addition, I wrote a blog post in Spring 2022 highlighting many EDI+Work resources, especially some very practical and recent ebooks: Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace: Ebooks, cases & articles to support your journey

Articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers

A. This topic has many possible diversity angles. There may be (at least) gender, age and ethnicity issues to research, which means you may need to consider a long list of keywords and phrases!

Start by searching in Business Source Complete using various combinations of such Subjects as:

Employment of minorities Sex discrimination in employment Age discrimination in employment
Women executives Labor laws Diversity in the workplace
Employment of ethnic groups Women employees Employment discrimination
Corporate culture Glass ceiling (Employment discrimination) Employee selection
Work environment Women's employment Personnel management

B. For more of a Canadian perspective (really important!), try CBCA Complete and look for articles using the same terms (as keywords rather than subjects) that you used in Business Source Complete. Also try Canadian Newsstream for Canadian newspaper articles.

C. This sort of topic is often covered by research institutes, think tanks, and government departments. Our Canada Commons database contains many online reports from such organizations. Also try the related Policy Commons database that covers similar content on a global scale.


A. Try combinations of the subjects listed above for Business Source Complete in the SFU Library Catalogue.

Start with the term: Diversity in the workplace, but also explore topics such as...

A few examples of the titles you should find with those searches:

Miscellaneous resources

The resources below are in the order that they occur to me, not of importance... only you and your team can decide what really counts as important for your audience!

A. Our Statista database can both provide you with ready-made barcharts and statistics tables and help you identify useful sources. Start with a search for diversity to find such items as:

Note: If you don't see "Simon Fraser University" at the top of the page for each of those Statista examples, come back to this page and click on the titles again.

B. Check out the local Get in the Know site, a product of the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society.

C. Statistics Canada can be a great place for data on things like ethnicity and gender among employees. Start with their Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion statistics hub, but also search their site to dig up reports such as:

D. Some common job/career/occupation resources cover details on workforce demographics by industry. Try, for example, WorkBC's Industry Profiles and the US Occupational Outlook Handbook.

E. I've seen a few sources that mentioned the list of Canada's Top Diversity Employers. Maybe useful if you're looking for best practices?

F. There have been many news stories over the last few years about the lack of diversity -- especially gender diversity -- in major software firms and the initiatives those companies were undertaking to correct the problem. Maybe some lessons to be learned there...?

Samples of corporate diversity pages and reports: Google, Facebook, and Apple.

Sample of news stories about such topics:

As I mentioned in the Canadian Newsstream section above, the value in many news articles is often in the clues they give you about other places and subtopics to search... what other organizations or researchers are mentioned? What actions or issues come up that might be worth investigating further in other sources? Are legal or optical issue brought up? How about barriers to change? Or maybe expected benefits of changes based on specific research?

G. Don't ignore older academic/scholarly articles, even if you think they might be outdated! If they are close enough to your topic, then it's possible newer articles have cited them. Google Scholar can be a great way to find such newer, citing articles. For example...

H. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) might have some useful resources for you. For example:

I. Many consulting firms offer insights on trends like this one. For example:

J. Similarly, public opinion polling companies may have conducted surveys on this topic. For example:

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