There are two levels at which the Center for Global Workplace Equity and Inclusion (CGWEI) should be able to make important contributions. First, the Center has the potential of generating a positive impact on the local and regional levels by producing new knowledge about difficulties that women and ethnic minorities in the labor market face in the Midsouth. Second, at the international level, CGWEI has the potential to contribute to the existing knowledge of workplace equity and labor market inclusion of vulnerable groups in Latin America and the Caribbean — noting that CBU has benefited since 2014 from an important influx of non-U.S. students from the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who are ineligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will enable CBU to further advance existing academic relations with universities from that part of the world by capitalizing on the existing research expertise in the field of labor studies within the faculty of the School of Business.

Both levels represent the interests of our student community and are related to the historical Lasallian concern for the situation of the destitute and marginalized in the U.S. Midsouth and elsewhere in the world.   

The main purpose of CGWEI is to produce new knowledge on the equitable inclusion of minorities in the labor market. This will enable the School of Business to promote inclusive business development by providing employment opportunities for marginalized groups while taking advantage of their productive potential as a way of adding value not only for themselves but also for their surrounding communities.

Publications & Presentations

“Desarrollo humano e igualdad de género. Un análisis de datos panel a la luz del ODS5” by Suelen Emilia Castiblanco Moreno, María Inés Barbosa Camargo, and Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Published in Revista Estudos Feministas, Florianópolis, v. 30, n. 3, e77953, 2022: 01-15.

“Nota Editorial” by Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Published in Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo, v. 26, n. 42, 2022: 07-12.
PDF (Spanish)

“Economic Recovery and Employment trends in the Andean Countries after the Covid-19 Pandemic” by Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Paper presented at International Business Week, Universidad de La Salle, Lima, Perú on October 5, 2022

“What is a Just Memphis?” by Jacob Goessling and Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Presentation and conversation on the social situation of Memphis as part of Social Justice Day at Christian Brothers University, October 17, 2022

“Trade Reforms, Capital Investments and the Feminization of Colombian Manufacturing Industries: 1981-2000” by Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Paper presented at the Faculty Research Seminar, School of Business, Christian Brothers University on October 25, 2022

“The legal perspectives of personhood: a reflection from the social sciences” by Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro
Presented at “Personhood – Legal Perspectives: A Conversation with Religion and Philosophy” at Christian Brothers University, November 10, 2022

Ongoing CGWEI Research Projects

Feminization of Labor in United States and Colombian Manufacturing Industries and the Role of Technology and Market Competition

This project aims to identify the relationship between the feminization of manufacturing employment and the increasing use of technology in the form of different types of capital investments (machinery, transport equipment, computing equipment, etc.). A variety of panel data techniques including instrumental variables and dynamic panel data estimators are used to identify the response of employment feminization to such changes over time. One paper has been submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal, and two other papers are under elaboration. 

Why are Boys and Men Lagging Behind in Tennessee and Colombia? 

This research project aims to combine quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques to identify why some groups of men are struggling not only to succeed in the labor market but also to enjoy emotional wellbeing and physical good health. It is interdisciplinary research that aims to promote a dialogue between different disciplines in order to understand a relatively new societal trend in the United States and other industrialized countries, with a particular focus on African American boys and men in Memphis and the Mid-South, as well as Afro-Colombian boys and men in Colombia.  

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Dr. Jairo Isaza-Castro
Associate Professor & Director of Center for Global Workplace Equity and Inclusion, School of Business