The Case for Diversity

See Diversity is good. Why doesn’t everyone agree? in the Washington Post.

“Scientific research is of a higher quality when done by a diverse research group. People work harder, are more creative, and are more diligent when they work with or around a diverse group of people, according to Katherine W. Phillips, professor and senior vice dean at Columbia Business School, in an article published in Scientific American.

Academic papers written by diverse groups have a higher impact than papers written by people from the same ethnic group. Diversity in authors, whether by ethnicity, location, or references, leads to greater contributions to science, according to researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research.”

Why don’t people value diversity? It’s more work for some.

“This preparation is painful, which may be one reason why so many people don’t seem to value diversity. They have to work harder to make themselves understood. They have to consider alternatives. They might even have to change their mind.

Doing this takes a lot of work.”