A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

Welcome to the Diversity Research Institute (DRI), an initiative of the National Diversity Council, which today has many state and regional councils across the United States. Since 2004 with the Texas Diversity Council, and 2008 with the National Diversity Council, our purpose has been to create local dialogue about the value of diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, our goal is to advocate for diversity as a business imperative for companies across America and to help them increase opportunities for innovation and long-term sustainable growth.

The DRI follows this life-long vision by building the foundation necessary for diversity work across the nation and world. Our mission is to provide practitioners, students, and academics with an archive of the most cutting-edge research on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and to create a research-hub of expertise, collaboration, and advocacy for social equity across the many dimensions of today’s diversity.

Our project is increasingly important as changing demographics of the United States and the demands of the global and virtual workplace orient diversity work to take into account not only race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion, but also age, gender identity, personality, experiences, and organizational roles. It is time to come together as professionals and academics to create an infrastructure that globally defines the role of diversity in the workplace, and molds a sustainable future for generations to come.

We invite you to take part of this journey.



Dennis Kennedy
Founder and Chairman
National Diversity Council

Angeles Valenciano
National Diversity Council

Lucy Carrillo
Executive Director
Diversity Research Institute



Orlando Richard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Texas, Dallas

Robyn Berkley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
SIUE School of Business


Editorial Board Members

Amy McMillan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
East Carolina University

Bernardo Ferdman, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Alliant International University

Christopher Bauman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
UC Irvine

David Kravitz, Ph.D.
George Mason University

Heather Martinez, MBA
Director, Office of Community Engagement
Texas Tech University

Lisa McBride, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marcus Stewart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Bentley University

Rogelio Saenz, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean,
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Shaun Pichler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
CSU Fullerton

Stella Nkomo, Ph.D.
University of Pretoria

Vanessa Johnson, J.D.
Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
UH Clear Lake

Yana Rodgers, Ph.D.
Rutgers University


Submission Guidelines

There are no costs associated with submitting a paper for publication to the Diversity Research Institute (DRI) Journal. If you are submitting a paper to be reviewed by the Editorial Board Members, please make sure you follow the guidelines for submission below. Manuscripts that have been submitted elsewhere must be substantially revised.

Manuscript Length:

  • Academic manuscripts must be between 6,000 and 8,000 words including notes and references.
  • Professional, practice-oriented papers must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words, including notes and references. They must have no more than 10 references, in endnote style.
  • Book Reviews must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. They must have no more than 3 references, if needed.

The DRI Journal welcomes essays that address historical concerns with social difference, and the methodological implications and applications of having an inclusive workplace.

A paper published by the DRI Journal will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. It bridges theoretical ideas with their applicability in everyday workplaces and/or business practices. We are specifically looking for research that can be a tool for change to an audience concerned with diversity and inclusion in their organizations and institutions.
  2. It demonstrates awareness over the most pressing concerns with diversity and inclusion the workplace.
  3. It offers a clear argument that bridges academic and workplace concerns and to advance diversity and inclusion ideas and initiatives.
  4. Beyond critical, it offers practical sites and areas for diversity and inclusion intervention and change.
  5. It uses qualitative and/or quantitative data to support diversity and inclusion claims.
  6. It offers insightful business strategy and/or workplace operation ideas while being attentive of historic and systemic inequalities.
  7. While a manuscript does not have to be innovative to be considered for publication, it must carefully tie research methods and analytical argumentation to its significance within business and society at large.

Manuscript Format:

1. Manuscript Style
All manuscripts must be submitted in .doc format. Your manuscript must have right justified header with a running title and a page number. Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point font with 1-inch margins (2.54cm) in Times or Times New Roman, and be double-spaced throughout.

2. References & Anonymity
Conform your manuscript, including references, in-text citations, and formatting to APA citation style. All references must be cited in the text, and vice versa. The DRI Journal review process is anonymous. Please refer to your own work in the third person.

3. Use Inclusive Language
Avoid biased language. Do not use “he” or “him” as generic pronouns when a gender is not known. In all such instances change nouns to plural versions and pronouns to “they.”

4. Graphics
All tables and text boxes can be embedded in the text, but images and other graphics must be uploaded as separate files with the submission of your manuscript. These separate files must be titled “IMAGE 1,” “IMAGE 2,” etc. in the order that they appear. In addition, using the corresponding titles indicate image placement in the manuscript as [IMAGE 1], [IMAGE 2], etc.

5. Photos
All submissions should include a photo or graphic that is representative or illuminates an area of the research conducted. Please upload this image separately from the manuscript as WEBPHOTO. If your manuscript is accepted, this graphic will be used to showcase your essay in the DRI Journal online publication.

Manuscript Submission Portal
Ready to upload your manuscript? Visit: https://diversityresearchinstitute.org/dri/diversity-research-institute-journal/.

Any questions about the submission guidelines can be e-mailed to [email protected]