LGBT Policy Statement

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Length: Maximum length is 2 pages. Use the Policy Statement Template to complete this assessment.

References: Include a minimum of five peer-reviewed references (in APA format). Resources and in-text citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.

Preparation

Research current LGBT workplace legislation; hiring, firing, and retention, promotional opportunity, health insurance, or parenting leave. Some suggested keywords for searches include LGBT and: protection in the workplace; inclusion; self-concept; self-esteem; self-efficacy; normalization, discrimination, social support, perceived stress in sexual minorities, et cetera.

Develop a research-based policy statement for your setting that addresses a human resources issue for the LGBT population.

The deliverable for this assessment is a research-based policy statement. Sample policy statements and templates are available on many Internet Web sites, if you wish use them as guides. Use the Policy Statement Template, linked in Resources, to complete this assessment.

The purpose of a policy statement is to state acceptable methods or behaviors in an organization. Essentially, a policy states the organizational values and how those values relate to the organization’s purpose.

Instructions

Assume the role in the scenario described below.

Scenario

You are a consulting organizational psychologist. You have been retained to develop a new policy for the LGBT population in your professional setting (or for a setting from your experience.)

Deliverable

Propose a research-based policy for one specific issue regarding the LGBT population for a setting.

  • For example, propose a new policy for hiring, firing, and retention, promotional opportunity, health insurance, or parenting leave.
    • Identify the professional setting related to your experience.
    • The Policy Statement should be two pages, maximum.
      • Brevity does not mean this assessment lacks academic rigor. Disciplined, succinct writing requires thorough knowledge of the subject and excellent writing skills.

Address each of the following elements in your policy statement, using the template provided in the Resources:

  • Analyze research related to concepts of self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation, and self-efficacy for the LGBT population.
  • Integrate social psychology principles and research to propose a LGBT policy for a workplace.
  • Analyze how the proposed policy and current workplace legislation reflect social psychology principles.
    • How does the research-based proposed policy meet the requirements of current laws?
    • How do laws reflect principles of social psychology?
  • Evaluate the implications of a new policy for the organization and individuals.
    • How will this new policy be perceived by others in the organization?
    • How will this affect the organizational culture?
    • What suggestions do you have for addressing resistance or changing the culture?
  • Support positions with references from scholarly and professional literature.
  • Analyze methods and principles of social psychology and their application to important social phenomena in contemporary society.
    • Analyze research related to concepts of self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation, and self-efficacy for the LGBT population.
    • Analyze how the proposed policy and current workplace legislation reflect social psychology principles.
  • Evaluate the role of the social context (relationships, groups, and culture) in influencing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals.
    • Evaluate the implications of a new policy for the organization and individuals.
  • Synthesize social-psychological theory and research to generate new understandings of social phenomena in contemporary society.
    • Integrate social psychology principles and research to propose a LGBT policy for a workplace.
  • Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
    • Support positions with references from scholarly and professional literature.
    • Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and APA format and style.

Library Resources

The following e-books and articles from the Library are linked directly in this course.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

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