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Promising Strategies to Expand Talent & Diversity in the Public-Sector Workforce

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
Time: 9 - 10 a.m. (PST)

This webinar will present the findings of a new research study on expanding the talent and diversity of the Southern California public-sector workforce, with lessons that may be applied in other regions of the country.

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This study seeks to help bridge these gaps by identifying the most promising strategies that public-sector agencies, colleges and universities, and community organizations can pursue to increase the number of talented and underrepresented workers entering into public-sector careers. The study based its findings on analysis of the literature regarding challenges and opportunities, characterization of workforce data, and interviews with students, career services professionals, and representatives of public-sector agencies in Southern California.

A series of short videos have also been prepared that showcase diverse public-sector employees who speak about their careers and pathways through the public sector. The webinar will explain how to access and use these videos to communicate about opportunities in public-sector careers. During the webinar, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the study team.

For more information about this event, please see the Promising Strategies to Expand Talent & Diversity in the Public-Sector Workforce webinar flyer.

Past Events

Addressing Barriers to Talent and Diversity in Southern California Region Public Sector Careers

Held on: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (PDT)

The webinar introduced the objectives and approach of a new research study that seeks to document the challenges to attracting talented and diverse college and university students into public sector careers in the Southern California region.

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This study, conducted by RAND and SCAG, has multiple parts including analysis of the literature regarding barriers, characterization of workforce data, and interviews and focus groups with students, career services professionals, and representatives of public sector agencies. The study is also preparing a series of short videos that will showcase diverse public sector employees who speak about their careers and pathways through the public sector. The study intends to make the videos publicly available to help increase awareness of the range and value of public sector careers in our region.

When the study is completed (expected later in 2021), you will be invited to attend a webinar where the study team will present the findings. The study will also produce a report, which will be available online at no cost.