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‘Resumé whitening’: OISE responds to U of T study

By Lindsey Craig & Sim Kapoor

Mary 18, 2016

Harriet Akanmori, a Ph.D student at OISE, agrees with a recent U of T study that shows “resume whitening” is a problem. Watch the video to hear her share how OISE is making a difference in the fight against discrimination. (Video: OISETube) 

A recent University of Toronto study shows that up to 40 per cent of minorities downplay signs of their race or ethnicity on their CV in hopes of increasing their chances of gaining employment.

Harriet Akanmori, a Ph.D student at OISE, agrees that “resume whitening” is a problem.

“Though I wouldn’t do that myself, I fully relate to those who do,” she said.

Watch the video above to hear Akanmori discuss the positive impact OISE is having in the fight against discrimination.


The study, called “Whitened Resumés, Race and Self-Presentation in the Labour Market,” was led by Sonia Kang, an assistant professor of organizational behaviour and human resources management at the Rotman School of Management. 

It appears in the Administrative Science Quarterly Journal.