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The Organizational Disparities Laboratory

Innovative Solutions that Advance Organizational Equity

Founded in 2022, The Organizational Disparities Laboratory (ODL) at Michigan State University is a research laboratory dedicated to exploring and disrupting organizational disparities.

Driven by rigorous, interdisciplinary research, the ODL serves as an incubator for collaboration and dissemination: 

  • We engage scholars, experts, and practitioners in identifying and tackling the next big questions related to the long-standing and consistent disparities that emerge in organizations.

  • We translate that research into action through educational tools, learning experiences, and empirically driven resources.

Join us as we discover and create the innovative solutions that advance organizational equity

What are "Organizational Disparities?"

Organizational disparities are noticeable and usually significant differences or dissimilarities in the treatment of individuals or groups within an organization based on characteristics such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or socio-economic status. These disparities can result in unequal access to opportunities, resources, and recognition, leading to disparate outcomes.


Current Projects

An annual program that pairs early career scholars and advanced graduate students with established researchers to work directly on research questions and methods that inform studies on African Americans in education.


Our Team

What's next?

Translating Research into Action

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Interdisciplinary Research

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Workshops & Learning Experiences

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Tools & Resources

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Innovative Partnerships

"The ODL will be a global hub for organizational disparities research, a chief advocate and collaborator for organizations committed to change, and a preeminent thought partner in the creation and curation of tools to improve education and practice."

Director & Chief Research Scientist Jerlando F. L. Jackson


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