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Cultural Diversity and Team Performance: Testing for Social Loafing Effects

Description: The concept of social loafing is important with regard to organizational effectiveness particularly as organizations are relying on teams as a means to drive productivity. The composition of those teams is likely to reflect the current movement of racial and ethnic minorities in the work place. The primary purpose of this research was to determine the role cultural diversity plays in enhancing performance and thereby eliminating social loafing. The research study is significant because 1) it is among the first to use culturally diverse work groups while examining the social loafing phenomenon, and 2) the groups were intact project teams, rather than ad-hoc groups commonly found in social loafing experiments. It was anticipated that the members of culturally homogeneous groups would engage in social loafing when their individual efforts were "buried." However, subjects in both culturally diverse and culturally homogeneous groups resisted social loafing behaviors. Additional statistical analysis revealed that as group orientation increased, performance levels increased as well. Group orientation, then, appears to be a more powerful determinant of performance than group composition. It is expected that the time these groups had together and the performance feedback opportunities provided them, prior to the experiment, contributed significantly to these results. Future research suggestions were made that could help establish a causal relationship.
Date: May 1997
Creator: Heller, Deanna M. (Deanna Marcell)
Partner: UNT Libraries
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The Role and Functions of Diversity Affairs Centers' Chief Personnel Officers at Public Universities in Texas

Description: The problem of this study concerns the role and functions of diversity affairs centers' chief personnel officers at public universities in Texas. Because of the political and evolving nature of diversity affairs offices, it is important to understand the functions and types of services these centers provide with respect to institutional goals, missions, and student retention at public universities in Texas.
Date: May 1998
Creator: David, John Seh
Partner: UNT Libraries
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2018 UNT Equity and Diversity Conference – Rosa Clemente (Keynote, Senate Room Panel)

Description: This video contains an invitation-only panel discussion, wherein Rosa Clemente fields questions from the audience on a variety of topics pertaining to the conference theme of building bridges and granting access.
Date: February 22, 2018
Duration: 43 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Clemente, Rosa; Barrax Moore, Shani & Torres, Damian
Partner: University of North Texas
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2018 UNT Equity and Diversity Conference - Opening Statements

Description: This video contains opening remarks for the 2018 University of North Texas Equity and Diversity Conference. Joanne Woodard, Vice President of the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, along with Shani Barrax-Moore, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, introduce the conference and welcome the conference attendees. Presented by sponsor GCC Enterprises, UNT Housing and Residence Life receives the award for Inclusive Excellence.
Date: February 22, 2018
Duration: 36 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Woodard, Joanne & Barrax Moore, Shani
Partner: University of North Texas
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Cycles in fossil diversity

Description: It is well-known that the diversity of life appears to fluctuate during the course the Phanerozoic, the eon during which hard shells and skeletons left abundant fossils (0-542 Ma). Using Sepkoski's compendium of the first and last stratigraphic appearances of 36380 marine genera, we report a strong 62 {+-} 3 Myr cycle, which is particularly strong in the shorter-lived genera. The five great extinctions enumerated by Raup and Sepkoski may be an aspect of this cycle. Because of the high statistical significance, we also consider contributing environmental factors and possible causes.
Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Rohde, Robert A. & Muller, Richard A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

First Annual UNT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Ally Career and Resource Fair: Equality in the Workplace

Description: Poster for the 2015 UNT Student Portraits Symposium. This poster discusses equity in the workplace and the First Annual UNT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Career and Resource Fair.
Date: May 18, 2015
Creator: Davidson, Corey; Ferman, Amy; Foster, Jodi; Kirkwood, Gena; McCormick, Missy; McNamara, Sean et al.
Partner: University of North Texas
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2017 UNT Equity and Diversity Conference – Melissa Harris Perry (Keynote, Senate Room Panel)

Description: This video contains an invitation-only panel discussion, wherein Melissa Harris Perry fields questions from the audience on a variety of topics pertaining to the conference theme of social action, collective power, coalition building, identity, intersectionality, journalism, media, academia, and activism.
Date: February 23, 2017
Duration: 47 minutes 54 seconds
Creator: Harris-Perry, Melissa
Partner: University of North Texas
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Social Justice Models for Campus Engagement [Keynote]

Description: Video of the keynote for the 2017 UNT Equity & Diversity Conference. In this video, Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the questions educators face when engaging in social justice. This video also contains an introduction of the speaker by Shani Barrax Moore and video presentation introduced by Dr. Jacqueline Vickery of a student video project arguing for the need for diversity in faculty and staff.
Date: February 23, 2017
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes 28 seconds
Creator: Harris-Perry, Melissa; Moore, Shani & Vickery, Jacqueline
Partner: UNT Libraries
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LATERAL GENE TRANSFER AND THE HISTORY OF BACTERIAL GENOMES

Description: The aims of this research were to elucidate the role and extent of lateral transfer in the differentiation of bacterial strains and species, and to assess the impact of gene transfer on the evolution of bacterial genomes. The ultimate goal of the project is to examine the dynamics of a core set of protein-coding genes (i.e., those that are distributed universally among Bacteria) by developing conserved primers that would allow their amplification and sequencing in any bacterial taxa. In addition, we adopted a bioinformatic approach to elucidate the extent of lateral gene transfer in sequenced genome.
Date: February 22, 2006
Creator: Ochman, Howard
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[MC Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity UNT]

Description: A logo for the Multicultural Center Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, held by UNT Special Collections. The logo has the name of the center on the left half of the logo. On the right half of it is "UNT" in big letters, separated by a black rectangle. All the letters are black and white.
Date: October 14, 2014
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity logo with green back ground]

Description: A logo for the UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity with a green back ground. The words "Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity" are at the top in white with a white rectangle symbol next to it. The letters "UNT" are at the bottom in big white letters and the background of the logo is green.
Date: May 8, 2013
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity UNT logo]

Description: A logo for the UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, held by UNT Special Collections. The logo consists of the name of the Division on the left and the letters "UNT" on the right with a box separating them. All the letters and such are green.
Date: May 8, 2013
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity green logo]

Description: A green logo for the UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, held by UNT Special Collections. The words "Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity" are at the top in green letters with a green rectangle symbol next to it. The letters "UNT" are at the bottom in big green letters and the background of the logo is white.
Date: May 8, 2013
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity UNT logo with green background]

Description: A logo for the UNT Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, held by UNT Special Collections. The logo consists of the name of the Division on the left an the letters "UNT" on the right with a box separating them. All the letters and such are white and the background of the logo is green.
Date: May 8, 2013
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Flyer: UNT Diversity Series]

Description: A flyer for the UNT Diversity Series by the Multicultural Center/Office of Disability, held by UNT Special Collections. The flyer is green, with the top containing the name of the flyer with the words in white, the words "UNT Diversity Series" in big, bold letters. This is separated from the rest of the flyer with a white line. Under that the flyer contains five sections with information on the Diversity Series events: Green Zone Training, Mental Health Myths Facts & Figures, Assistive Technology, Autism Awareness, and Your Rights In The Workplace. On each side of that list are two outlines of eagles in white. The list is separated by a white line followed by contact information on the Multicultural and Disability offices.
Date: January 6, 2015
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Effects of a Simulation Game on Trainees' Knowledge and Attitudes About Age-related Changes in Learning and Work Behaviors of Older Workers

Description: This investigation was conducted in response to the need for effective diversity awareness programs to help employers create intergenerational-friendly work environments. An experimental pre- and post-test control group randomized block design was employed to answer two research questions about the effects of a simulation game on knowledge and attitudes about age-related changes in learning and work behaviors of older workers. Participants were assessed immediately prior to and following the treatment, followed by a third assessment 60 days later. Necessary measures were taken to control for threats to the study's internal validity. An applicant pool comprised of human resource management and development practitioners and senior undergraduate students enrolled in human resource management courses yielded a sample of 65 participants. Chapter one introduces the study. Chapter two provides a review and summary of relevant literature on ageism in the workplace, training older workers, and simulation games. Chapter three describes the procedures and methods used to answer the research questions. Chapter four presents the results of all analytic procedures related to the investigation. Chapter five provides the conclusions and recommendations based on the findings of this investigation. In this investigation, the treatment group did not score significantly higher on their knowledge of age-related changes in learning and work behaviors of older workers than the control group following treatment. The attitudinal change experienced by the treatment group did not differ significantly from the attitudinal change experienced by the control group. Recommendations for further research include the following: (a) the disordinal interactive effect of the control group's performance on the knowledge measure during the 60-day interval between post assessments warrants further investigation, (b) the statistically significant change in attitude that occurred within each group during the 60-day interval following treatment warrants further investigation, and (c) more reliable instruments need to be developed for measuring the …
Date: May 2000
Creator: Dunn, Suzanne
Partner: UNT Libraries
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An Examination of How 4-8 Preservice Teachers Understand and Implement Multicultural Concepts

Description: Preparing teachers to teach in the diverse classroom has become one of the most important goals for universities and teacher training programs. The main purposes of this study included to examine what type of multicultural concepts were taught preservice teachers who sought certification in Grades 4-8 and how these preservice teachers understood and implemented multicultural concepts in their educational portfolios and coursework, field experiences, and student teaching. The population of the study consisted of 53 undergraduate, preservice teachers enrolled in the last two years of a 4-8 teacher certification program. A modified grounded theory methodology and interpretive approach was used in the analysis of the course syllabi, required readings and student coursework. The study found that this particular program exposed the preservice teachers to a significant number of multicultural concepts in preparation for teaching in the ethnically diverse schools in the area. In addition, the study looked at which of Grant and Sleeter's five multicultural approaches were found most often in the course syllabi and required readings, as well as the preservice teachers' portfolio artifacts, key assessments, and reflective writing samples. The research found the majority of the course syllabi and assigned readings covered concepts in the human relations and multicultural education approaches. The majority of the preservice teachers in this study identified most often with the multicultural education approach, although all five multicultural approaches were found in various portfolio artifacts, key assessments, and reflective writing samples. The study further indicates it was a combination of the multicultural courses, the field experiences, the student teaching, and the preservice teachers' adaptability to ethnic diversity that helped the preservice teachers experience successful opportunities with the students. The adaptability of the preservice teachers in the study also appears to match recent research that suggests that university students in general may be growing more …
Date: May 2013
Creator: Schellen, Julie K.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Panel moderator at podium]

Description: A photograph of the panel moderator introducing a group during the Equity and Diversity Conference at UNT. He is standing behind a podium with a microphone and has on a nametag.
Date: February 24, 2006
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[UNT Division of Equity & Diversity logo]

Description: A logo for the UNT Division of Equity and Diversity. The background of the logo is split between the two names, with green behind the UNT name and black behind the department name.
Date: July 10, 2006
Creator: University of North Texas. Multicultural Center.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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