Strategies for Leading Work Environment Diversity in the Fire Service
Dr. Kwame CooperRiverfront A
The purpose of this presentation is to explore how the increase in diversity within the Los Angeles City Fire Department has affected the organizational learning dynamics about diversity among firefighters. The presentation will present an overview of a recent doctoral study of diverse firefighters and will include research findings and strategies to lead a diverse workforce. Participants will deepen their understanding about the importance of race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural values, beliefs, and perspectives while discovering new opportunities to create critical dialogue and develop courageous fire service leadership acumens in the work environment. An in-depth discussion will follow the presentation to allow for feedback and further development of organizational learning about diversity opportunities for fire service leaders.