What Is Good Isn't Always Fair: On the Unintended Effects of Framing Diversity as Good Dec 14, 2015 By Sophie TrawalterSara DriskellMartin Davidson What Is Good Isn't Always Fair: On the Unintended Effects of Framing Diversity as Good Many proponents of diversity stress that diversity is good—good for universities to further their educational missions and good for businesses, for hiring talent and generating financial returns to shareholders. In this work, we examined costs of framing diversity as good for organizations vs. fair; specifically, we examined whether framing diversity as good for organizations broadens people’s definitions of diversity and increases racial bias. In Study 1, White participants preferred the “diversity as good for organizations” frame and believed it to be effective at promoting diversity. In Studies 2–5, White participants presented with the “diversity is good for organizations” frame broadened their definitions of diversity (Studies 2–5) and deprioritized a qualified Black applicant (Studies 4 and 5). Participants low in resources were especially likely to deprioritize the Black applicant (Study 5). This latter finding led us to investigate the motivated nature of diversity frames. In a final study, we found that participants whose resources were threatened favored the “diversity is good for organizations” frame and devalued the “diversity is fair” frame (Study 6). These studies demonstrate that a well-intentioned plea to promote diversity (“diversity is good for organizations”) has costs; it can lead to the deprioritization of qualified Black applicants. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy Areas of focus Social Psychology Sophie Trawalter I’m an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Psychology. I study phenomena related to social diversity. Specifically, I examine how people navigate intergroup contact and intergroup contexts. I am especially interested in how people develop competencies and learn to thrive in diverse spaces. Read full bio Sara Driskell Martin Davidson Related Content Sophie Trawalter Confederate monuments and the history of lynching in the American South: An empirical examination Research The present work interrogates the history of Confederate memorializations by examining the relationship between these memorializations and lynching, an explicitly racist act of violence. False beliefs are associated with racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations only among White (not among non-White) medical students and residents Research Brown-Iannuzzi, Claibourn, Trawalter: ‘Confederate memorials are associated with hate’ — New UVA study shows ‘significant’ correlation between lynchings and monuments News A UVA research team, including three Batten professors, uncovered a quantifiable relationship between Confederate memorials and the explicitly racist practice of lynching. New UVA Study Finds Correlation Between Lynchings and Confederate Monuments News A team of Batten and psychology researchers are bringing an empirical perspective to a national conversation.