Woman in the Eye of the Storm
A female African American attorney was mentally reviewing her performance over the last 30 months to determine if she was likely to be retained at her current law firm—or even if she wanted to stay. Was she correct in feeling as though she would always have to demonstrate super-competence, given her gender and ethnicity? Self-as-source stereotype threat as well as other-as-source stereotype threat underpin an examination of issues related to performance evaluation, promotion, and retention in the legal profession.
- Identify and analyze the implications of the general diversity issues in play within the context of this incident
- Compare and contrast the theoretical versus enacted values of the individual involved in this incident
- Formulate possible antecedents and consequences of the concerns, perceptions, and behaviors portrayed
- Categorize the role of communication in both the emergence and the resolution of the situation presented
- Critically examine the logical approaches a decision-maker might take in response to the situation and hypothesize possible outcomes resulting from the decisions made