Thanks for your interest in helping drive a greater understanding of class diversity in the workplace. We're looking for organizations to amplify our upcoming survey and individuals to participate in our research.
Our primary goal with our Phase 2 study is to understand how a person's socioeconomic background impacts their professional career mobility.
As of 2022, most diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the workplace primarily focus on race and gender. While notable strides have been made in DE&I, socioeconomic class has largely been left out of the conversation.
First-Gen Talent founder, Bernice Maldonado, wants to bridge this gap. In 2019, she led a groundbreaking study on first-generation professionals (FGPs). As a woman of color and FGP herself, she ideated, funded, and directed this research as a grassroots project.
While our 2019 study investigated the broader FGP workplace experience, our second phase of research will focus on the career mobility of FGPs and non-FGPs.
Workplace Culture: How do organizational practices impact the upward mobility of professionals from differing socioeconomic backgrounds?
Race Intersection: How, if at all, does FGP career mobility differ based on race or ethnicity?
Class-Inclusive Practices: How can workplace customs become more inclusive to class diversity?
We’ll conduct a 10-15 minute anonymous online survey with U.S.-based individual professionals. Participants can opt-in to a confidential phone interview if they want to share more of their insights. We welcome both FGPs and non-FGPs to participate so that we can generate and analyze comparative data.
Amplify our research as an organizational ally.
We're seeking the allyship of businesses, nonprofits, community groups, alumni associations, and other organizations to help us reach U.S.-based professionals to participate in our grassroots, WOC-led study.
How you can help...
Simply send out one (1) announcement and one (1) reminder inviting your employees/members to participate in the survey. We’ll provide you with everything you need - all you’ll have to do is copy and paste. To be clear: we are not asking for financial support.
What's in it for you...
You’ll help make a tangible difference during this next wave of DE&I advocacy. By supporting this critical research, you'll be an ally and amplifier for class inclusivity at the workplace. To show our appreciation for your help, you’ll also get access to the full report of our findings, analyses, and recommendations.