Inclusion of Women and Underrepresented Individuals in IT Workplaces

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:00 am10:30 am

Jeri-Elayne Smith, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina


In this experiential training session, individuals will discuss and reflect upon inclusion in the workplace. After taking an individual focus, they will learn a research-based model of Ubuntic Inclusion. The session will end with each attendee creating the start of an "Inclusion Action Plan."

Jeri-Elayne Smith, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

J. Goosby Smith, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management and Assistant Provost for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina located in Charleston. Smith holds Ph.D. and M.B.A. degrees in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College. After a decade in IT for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and other firms, Smith made the transition to a career as a diversity and inclusion professional.

Who should attend: 

Individual contributors, team leads, managers, and executives who want to increase the levels of inclusion among members within their span of interaction.

Take back to work: 
  • The difference between diversity, inclusion, equity, and equality (Smith, 2017)
  • Why inclusion is so important for high performing teams
  • A research-based model of inclusion (Smith, 2014)
  • Actions that they can take when they return to work to make their teams more effective
Topics include: 

Workplace diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion in IT Careers


A genuine desire to make the IT workplace more inclusive for ALL employees, particularly those who are female and/or from racioethnic minority groups.