Journal of Educational Research and Practice


0009-0006-2665-5517 (Dr. Lionel de Souza) 0009-0005-8621-8215 (Dr. Tommy White Jr.)


Individuals from diverse minority backgrounds in the United States represent a one-of-its-kind collaboration in understanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) challenges in workforce staffing and representation per Equal Opportunity norms. This study involved primary and secondary research in the realm of DEI to develop an implementable model from lessons gleaned from the findings of the research and gaps found in contemporary hiring and staffing practices. The study and model development are grounded in Rawls’s 1971 theory of justice and predicated on the premise that opportunities are usually based on merit, and are generally well-intended, although often constrained by the frailties of human nature. The United States is in dire need of practical solutions, for despite well-intended U.S. laws and mandates on employment, equitable hiring practices are far from satisfactory. In a changing world order, many employers in the United States, and even to some extent globally, acknowledge they are duty-bound to ensure a harmonious, equitable, and safe work environment, devoid of any form of discrimination, harassment, or intimidation. Although easier said than done, achieving this equality requires a systematic approach to investigative organizational/institutional auditing, mapping, and diagnosing the ills that constrain collaboration and reduce productivity. The model is based on research and strategic practitioner design in its orientation, with practical implementation utility, flexible and customizable specifically for DEIB initiatives change, and suitable for educational and other industry settings. A skilled and scientific approach is needed to ensure equitable practices in professional and academic spheres.