The role of this particular chapter is to introduce the topic of resistance to diversity. In order to accomplish that goal we will begin with a discussion of what we know about resistance in organizations. This more general conversation on resistance will focus on resistance to organizational change. We will then narrow our focus to the topic of resistance to diversity, which in many ways reflects a resistance to this unique form of change in the workplace. Different conceptualizations of diversity resistance will be shared before presenting our typology of diversity resistance. Next we will move to a conversation about the consequences and costs of unattended diversity resistance for individuals and their workplaces. We will conclude by offering social psychological and organizational explanations for diversity resistance and directions for what might be done about it.
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