BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A new research center at Indiana University will address issues of gender inequality, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the workplace through an innovative partnership between the Kinsey Institute and the School of Business. Kelley.
The Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business is another example of how IU strives to imagine, define, and implement creative solutions to major social problems, including those highlighted by the #MeToo movement.
“The Kelley School of Business and Kinsey Institute’s partnership to address workplace inequity and sexual misconduct fosters a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion while preparing graduates to be employees and business leaders.” fair and equitable,” said Indiana University President Pamela Whitten. “The Kinsey-Kelley Center will make a lasting impact through outreach that will raise awareness and improve organizational responses to these issues.”
Through research, education, and training, the Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business will prepare current and future business leaders to create organizational cultures and instill individual behaviors that promote equality in business operations and create safer work environments. Distinguishing it from initiatives elsewhere is the involvement of the Kinsey Institute, a leader in scientific knowledge and research on issues of sexuality, gender, and reproduction for three-quarters of a century.
“We are very excited to integrate the deep knowledge and passion of our talented colleagues at the Kinsey Institute and the Kelley School, together developing and applying research-based approaches to long-standing gender inequality issues in the workplace. work and throughout our lives. said Justin Garcia, executive director of the Kinsey Institute and Ruth N. Halls professor of gender studies.
Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair in Strategic Management, said organizations that are inclusive of gender and racial diversity make better business decisions, have higher profits and are valued. as good. places to work.
“Education is key to creating a culture where everyone is valued for their contributions and feels safe in their work environment,” Kesner said. “Through the work of the Kinsey-Kelley Center, we can begin to empower women and others to become agents of change.”
Historically, the Kelley School has been one of the main influencers of significant changes in the business world. For example, it was one of the three founding members of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which has helped more than 10,000 people of color earn a graduate business degree since 1966. The Kelley School was also one of the first participants in Forte Foundation, which supports the advancement of women in business.
The Kinsey-Kelley Center, to be located organizationally within the Kelley School’s new Institute for Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Business, was the result of an ongoing relationship between the Kelley School and the Kinsey Institute in recent years. The partnership has included joint research projects and a team-taught class that equips MBA students to be empathic stewards of equitable workplaces free from sexual misconduct.
The new center will provide a platform to create other teaching and learning opportunities, including support for a required course for university students on business ethics and cases that will explore the ethical and legal landscape of sexual harassment, gender bias in hiring and promotion, labor relations. and wage inequalities.
April Sellers, Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics and Pam Meyer Yttri Inaugural Director of the Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business, noted that companies now more than ever need to be astute about gender issues.
“The legal landscape has evolved so rapidly in this area, with the US Supreme Court holding just two years ago that federal law covers employee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and Congress this spring exempting sexual harassment from mandatory arbitration agreements.” sellers said. “Having the experts at Kinsey as our partners in outreach to companies in this important area is invaluable.”
Many responses to the #MeToo movement have failed to address fundamental issues of gender equity. The center will help develop and educate others on best practices and standards in this area, including meaningful education and training for emerging business leaders, as well as those currently in management.
Initial financial support for the center and the establishment of its leadership came from Pam Meyer Yttri, an IU alumna and active member of the IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council. Now retired, she taught school and assessed special needs students for 14 years and served on various community and corporate boards, including a 29-year tenure at a national bank.
“I have experienced, witnessed and heard stories about the challenges faced by many women over the years,” said Yttri. “Since I’ve seen that corporations often take the necessary initial steps toward social change, why not gender equity? I thought Kelley School of Business was a place to start, and as a collaborative effort with the Kinsey Institute, it’s perfect. If we can teach students how to be more inclusive, it will carry over into the business world and beyond. It’s the best legacy I can leave.”