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Psychologist known for work in diversity relations to speak at APSU

3/15/2012

A psychology professor at the University of Georgia internationally known for her work in diversity relations will visit Austin Peay State University next week to speak about her efforts.

Dr. Kecia Thomas, a faculty member in the industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Georgia, will present in a special session at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 23 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. Her talk is open to the public.

Thomas, who also serves at the university as senior adviser to the dean for inclusion and diversity leadership, is the author of two books, “Diversity Dynamics in the Workplace” and Diversity Resistance in Organizations,” the latter of which will serve as the topic of her presentation.

Her research interests focus on understanding the psychology of workplace diversity, specifically how individuals and organizations resist or demonstrate readiness for diversity. Thomas’ work also is concerned with the organizational experiences of marginalized groups, namely people of color, women and sexual minorities and the impact their work and professional experiences has on their career mobility and overall well-being.

An industrial-organizational psychologist by training, Thomas also will meet with members of APSU’s Diversity Task Force.

For more information about Thomas’ talk, contact Dr. David Denton, dean of the APSU College of Behavioral and Health Science, by telephone at 931-221-7423 or by email at dentond@apsu.edu. - Dr. Melony Shemberger