Organizational Identity Safety Cue Transfers

Kimberly E. Chaney, Diana T. Sanchez, Jessica D. Remedios

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Traditionally, researchers have focused on identity-congruent safety cues such as the effect of gender diversity awards on women’s sense of inclusion in organizations. The present studies investigate, for the first time, whether identity safety cues (e.g., organizational diversity structures) aimed at one stigmatized group transfer via perceptions of the organization’s ideology (social dominance orientation), resulting in identity safety for individuals with stigmatized identities incongruent with the cue. Across four studies, we demonstrate that White women experience identity safety from organizational diversity structures aimed at racial minorities (Studies 1 and 2), and men of color experience identity safety from organizational diversity structures aimed at women (Study 3). Furthermore, while White men similarly perceive the organization’s ideology, this does not promote identity safety (Study 4). Thus, we argue that individuals view organizations commended for diversity as promoting more egalitarian attitudes broadly, resulting in the transference of identity safety cues for stigmatized individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1564-1576
Number of pages13
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


  • diversity
  • identity safety
  • multiculturalism
  • procedural justice


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