Dr. Kecia Thomas

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

CEUs: 0.1 Business

A major challenge of doing diversity work involves confronting deeply held belief systems and cultural socialization around differences. This presentation will cover the importance and challenges related to supporting diversity and inclusion in modern organizations like the AMI with the focus on networks, tokenism, implicit bias, and diversity ideologies.

Dr. Kecia Thomas

Dr. Kecia Thomas

Kecia M. Thomas is a Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and African-American Studies at the University of Georgia, and the founding director of the Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity (RED). She currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. As a scholar, Kecia is an expert in the psychology of workplace diversity. Her research and practice focus on the issues of strategic diversity recruitment, supporting diversity in STEM workplaces, and understanding the career experiences of high potential women; especially women of color.  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as the textbook Diversity Dynamics in the Workplace.  She served as editor of Diversity Resistance in the Workplace and co-editor of Diversity Ideologies in Organizations and special “workplace diversity” issues of the Journal of Career Development and the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology journal.  Federal agencies, for-profit and non-profit institutions, as well as corporate foundations have funded her research.  She is an elected Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association, and a recipient of the Janet Chusmir Award for Distinguished Service from the Gender & Diversity in Organizations (GDO) division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Thomas earned a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Bucknell University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is also a graduate of the HERS Management Institute at Wellesley College and the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.