Camellia Bryan
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Camellia Bryan completed her PhD in Organization Studies at York University. Her research has focused on promoting the de-stigmatization of marginalized social identities in organizations through understanding how stigma holders resist stigmatization and how organizations can go about overcoming resistance to diversity from employees belonging to dominant social identity groups. In her dissertation, she develops and tests theory for the conditions under which the initial resistance to diversity initiatives from employees with dominant identities can result in eventual support for these same initiatives. In her current research, she asks how resistance to diversity initiatives may be interpreted by members of marginalized groups and how challenging diversity resistance can translate to competitive advantage for organizations. Since organizations are increasingly implementing diversity initiatives in response to social movements and changes, these are critical questions that will assist policy makers and organizations who are interested in improving the support and effectiveness of these initiatives.