Sidebar : For More Information on Diversity Training Groups

February is Black History Month. To commemorate the occasion, employees at South San Francisco, Calif.-based Genentech Inc. have been taking part in activities that introduce them to African American culture. Members of African Americans in Biotechnology, one of the biotech firm's internal employee associations, have put together displays about the contribution of black scientists and sponsored lectures by prominent black investigators, among other activities. Undertakings such as these are part of a growing effort in industry, government, and academia to acquaint employees with the diversity that defines the work force of the 1990s.

The lectures and workshops that constitute diversity initiatives have been part of some organizations for years. Now, diversity training is finding its way into the scientific workplace, an environment many trainees and human resources professionals say comes with its own unique challenges. Among these are the need to...

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