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CEE Researcher Co-Authors Report on Latinos in the Digital Economy

Oct 2, 2020

CEE Researcher Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas served as expert contributor to a new report by UCLA's Latino Policy and Politics Initiative: "Latino Workers and Digitalization: An Analysis and Policy Roadmap to Building an Inclusive 21st Century Digital Economy." The report analyzes the impact of the digital divide on the lives of Latinos, which due to unequal access to education and technological resources has prevented Latinos from acquiring the skills needed in the 21st-century economy.

Read the full report here.

Aug 18, 2020

UMass Labor Center and CEE researchers Jasmine Kerrissey, Clare Hammonds, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey have released a new article through the Conversation "Black and Latino essential workers experience greater safety concerns than their white counterparts." Taking from their larger study on Massachusetts essential workers released last month, the article focuses on the disproportionate health burden placed on Black and Latino workers, who are more likely to work in essential jobs and less able to access health benefits that white workers. 

Read the full article through The Conversation

Aug 4, 2020

The article "Will anything change for the low-wage essential workers once hailed as heroes?" uses data from CEE and UMass Labor Center directors Clare Hammond, Jasmine Kerrissey, and Don Tomaskovic-Devey's survey of Massachusetts essential workers. Frontline workers, in particular Black and Latino workers, continue to face higher risk of COVID infection, even as temporary wage increases have ended. 

Read through the Boston Globe 


Jul 28, 2020

A new article from the Crime Report cites research from Rutgers Sociology Professor Kayla Preito-Hodge and CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey in finding that how hiring more Black officers will do little to prevent racialized police. Drawing data from a Bureau of Justice Statistics 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, the report finds that "the issue of race and policing might not be so easily solved by just hiring more Black cops.” 

Read the Article Here 

Jul 9, 2020

CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey was featured recently in Fierce Electronic's piece "Tech firms grapple with diversity after George Floyd protests." Citing findings from the CEE's 2018 Tech Diversity report, the article delves into new questions raised following the global protests after the death of George Floyd as to how improve diversity for Black and other minority employees in tech workplaces.

Read the article here

Jun 19, 2020

On a video edition of the American Medical Association's Ethics Talk podcast, CEE Executive Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey spoke with AMA's journal editor in chief, Dr Audiey Kao  about the social and economic hurdles confronted by those among us in low-wage jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the full interview here


Jun 18, 2020

CEE Director M.V. Lee Badgett was quoted in an article in the Associated Press related to the recent Supreme Court ruling on LGBT+ discrimination in the workplace. Badgett notes that even with the ruling, employers should still try "to be proactive"when looking at gender gaps or maybe racial wage gaps."

Read the full article through AP


Jun 12, 2020

CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey was interviewed by the Scripps National News network "Pledges to increase workplace diversity," which discusses findings from our recent What Works report on workplace equity and racial justice.The segment ran on 60 local news stations across the country, including Denver, Cleveland, Boise, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Tuscon, and Baltimore. 

Watch the Interview here

May 13, 2020

In a new article for the HBR"Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work" Stanford Sociologist David Pedulla details of What Works, a six-chapter report bringing together work from CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey as well as other prominent scholars. Summarizing content from the full  report, Pedulla offers advice for companies looking to improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace including deploying alternative complaint systems, testing for biased technology, and involve managers from the start. 

Read the Full Article at the Harvard Business Report

Read the full What Works Report 

May 6, 2020

The UMass Amherst Labor Center researchers Clare Hammonds and Jasmine Kerrissey have released a new report outlining the safety and security concerns essential workers in Western Mass are feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their survey of over 1,600 essential workers showed an alarming lack of effort on the part of employers to keep workplaces safe, with many respondents claiming they were unable to practice social distancing on the job, lacked access face masks, hand sanitizer, and hand-washing opportunities, and were discouraged from disclosing health information with co-workers. 

Read the full report through the UMass Labor Center