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When I was first asked to choose an elective for Fall 2000 Managing Work Force Diversity caught my eye because I am a Work Study Intern Manager for Gap Inc and I thought that this class might have some relevance to what I actually do at work A lot of the topics that we covered in class such as sexual harassment stereotyping multi-cultural workplace and gender related issues relate a lot to my work environment The topic that I think made me think differently was stereotypes and prejudgmentStereotyping and prejudgment happens a lot whether people think they are doing it or not As a manager at Gap I have to deal with many people of different ages race gender and even cultural backgrounds Gap is a very equal opportunity company and through training I was taught to be equal to all employees and applicants One thing that I noticed before taking BSAD 157 was that when I prescreened applicants who applied to the Gap I often based a lot of my opinion on their appearance I know that may sound hypocritical from being trained to be equal and turning around and judging people upon appearance but I was fairly new at the interviewing process and had not received that much exposure to prescreening applicants A perfect example is when one of my stock employees named Rusty had applied to the Gap She was a middle-aged woman who applied in scroungy clothes and could not spell correctly on her application My first impression was that she was not Gap material and she was kind of old to be applying for a position that high school students were applying for So after I took her application we can either set up an interview or we can put it in the to be filed folder I automatically put her into the to be filed folder and didnt think twice I even mentioned to the other managers my
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