SmithGroup Lecture Series

SmithGroup Lecture Series

2021 SmithGroup lecture explores creating an inclusive workplace culture

"Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture"
Friday, April 9, 2021
Jaclyn Jensen Jaclyn Jensen
Jaclyn Jensen, associate dean of student success in the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University, spoke about "Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture" as part of the Beckman Institute's annual SmithGroup lecture series.

Creating an environment where employees feel valued, welcome, and able to perform at their best is the goal for most modern organizations. This lecture will discuss the building blocks needed to create cultures that drive excellence, inclusion, and engagement, and invite participants’ self-awareness and self-assessment of diversity, privilege, stereotypes, and biases in the workplace. Participants will explore the connection between diversity and inclusion, and examine practical strategies for interrupting bias and helping create an inclusive culture where all employees can thrive.

Jensen's research interests focus on the impact of harassment and incivility on employee performance and well-being. Her research has been published in several top academic journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Business News Network, and the Chicago Tribune.

She teaches courses on human resource management and organizational behavior and was the winner of the 2016 DePaul University Quality of Instruction Council Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Business and Psychology.

In addition to her scholarship and teaching, Jensen consults on applied projects related to diversity training and improving workplace culture

She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from Michigan State University.

The architectural firm SmithGroup supports this lecture series at the Beckman Institute. Formerly Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls Associates of Detroit, SmithGroup designed the Beckman Institute. The firm was particularly proud of this project and presented a modest endowment to support a lecture series in its name. The gift was given in honor of the founding director of the Institute, Theodore L. Brown.


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  • Lawrence Rabiner (October 2001)
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