Report Card Pilot on Cultural Pluralism/Equity and Inclusion for

Four American Institutions

In this assignment, you will investigate four American institutions (Transportation, Law, Business, and Hospitality). Students will create a power point presentation to answer Report Card Pilot questions about each of the four institutions, and award a rating to each of the institutions with respect to Cultural Pluralism/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Report Card Pilot will contain a report for each of the institutions and include evidence from academic articles to support the ratings for each institution. The four reports cards (one for each institution) together will constitute the Report Card Pilot.

In the first five modules of our course, I provided models/examples of the types of articles to be used for this pilot. The articles have been published in leading academic journals. In the module containing the institutions to be included in the Report Card Pilot, I have also provided academic articles related to each of the institutions introduced in the Report Card Pilot Preparation Modules. As you read the articles that I provided, think about initial ratings/grades that you would give each of the institutions with respect to cultural pluralism, diversity, and inclusion. Then begin your investigations of the four institutions by identifying academic articles related to the institution and cultural pluralism, diversity, and inclusion. Do not make the mistake of awarding ratings/grades to the institutions based on just the article that I have provided. You must do your own research. You should read as least two more articles for each institution. After you have completed your research (you now have new evidence), you might change your mind about some of your preliminary ratings. Below are the areas within each institution you will assign ratings/grades. You will also assign an overall grade/rating to each of the institutions.

Areas for Rating/Grading of Report Card Pilot

Governing body/management – How is diversity, equity, and inclusion (cultural pluralism) demonstrated or manifested in the governing body and/or management level of the institution or industry? For example, in the Transportation institution, what is the race, sex, gender, ages of the transportation secretary for the United States, undersecretaries for air travel, rail travel, and sea travel; the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency; Caltrans; and the High-speed Rail Authority?

Workforce – How is diversity, equity, and inclusion (cultural pluralism) demonstrated or manifested among the general workforce in the institution or industry? For example, in the Transportation institution, what race, sex, genders, ages of the masses of workers are representative? Some of the masses of workers in this institution would be 39,000 Caltrans workers, pilots, train conductors, highway construction workers, employees in the Departments of Motor Vehicles across the state of California,

Opportunities for advancement – How have opportunities for advancement for all racial groups, both sexes, all genders, ages, etc. in the institution been demonstrated? Have one, two, or three groups been routinely promoted in the institution over all others? For example, in the Transportation institution in the state of California, in terms of race, sex, gender, age, who are the heads of the eight huge departments in the California State Transportation Agency?

Diversity – Are all types of diversity represented in the institution or industry (races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, abilities, and sexual orientations)? Are all kinds of human diversity present in the institution or industry?

Equity – Are all the humans who represent the diversity in the institution or industry treated equitably? Remember, “equity” does not mean “equally” or necessarily the “same.” Sometimes, equity may mean different or additional supports for some humans so that they have legitimate opportunities for success and advancement within an institution or industry. How are the diverse groups treated within the institution or industry?

Inclusion – Does an attitude of respect that invites and expects support, collaboration, and contributions from all members of the organization exist within the institution’s organizations? This affirmative attitude pervades the atmosphere and environment of organizations within an institution. Are individuals from all kinds of diversity included in the thinking and operations of the institution or industry?

Point Structure

Ratings/Grades for Institutions – 10 points

You will create a rating scale (A, B, C, D, F or other system of ratings/grades for the institutions) and you will decide what the criteria will be for each of ratings in the rating scale that you create. The rating scale must be explained in detail in the pilot (i.e., a rating of “A” means . . .; a rating of “B” means . . .; etc.). You must be specific about what each grade or rating means. For example, if you write that a grade of “A” “refers to when an institution goes beyond expectations of meeting the ideal setting/standards,” you must define, i.e., say what the “expectations” are and what you mean by the “ideal standard.” Award a rating or a grade in each of the six categories for each institution, and then provide an overall rating for the institution. Discuss why you awarded each of the ratings to the institution (seven ratings in all). Please discuss the evidence for the ratings, including where the evidence came from (your research). The evidence should come primarily from the articles or other sources that you discovered in your research of the institution. You may use the article that I provided but only sparingly. All sources for your evidence must appear in the “References” section of your power point presentation.

Mechanics – 5 points

Your Report Card Pilot must be no more than 20 slides including references. It must be double-spaced, Times New Roman, and 14-point font size. This is Times New Roman, 14-point size.

There must be a graphic of some kind on which you display the information that you discuss in the project. To demonstrate your knowledge and learning, within your power point presentation, you may use: Tables, Infographics, Charts, etc. Below is one example of one way to display your information. It is just an example; it is just one way; you are not required to display your information this way, but you must us a graphic to display your information; use your own creativity.

Transportation In California







Overall Rating

Governing body/ Management


Opportunities for Advancement




You may also choose to drill down into whatever data you discover and discuss and/or display how a particular institution or industry rates with respect to specific groups: men, women, Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, European American, Latinx Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ. You are not required to do this, but you may if you choose.

The following table displays disaggregated data—the investigator has drilled down to display specific ethnic and gender group data.

You may also discover a Notable Area of Performance. For example, you may find that one entity within the transportation institution in California (as a hypothetical example, the Department of Motor Vehicles in Chula Vista, or the Office of Traffic Safety) has done an outstanding job in the areas of diversity equity and inclusion, even though the Transportation institution, as a whole, might have received a poor grade. If you find such a notable example, feel free to discuss the example.

References – 5 Points

The last section of your power point presentation should be a “References” section. Please do not place a set of references at the end of the discussion of each institution. There should be one References section at the end of the Report Card Pilot presentation. All of the sources (articles and other sources) from which you drew evidence should appear in the references section. Please review the APA style manual so that you earn all of the points available in this section. Let me emphasize: make sure you read and understand the sections in the APA style manual related to in-text citations, quotations, and references. The references section as well as the discussion of ratings for the institutions in the project should be consistent with the APA Manual 7th edition. Use these links:;