Student Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 12-22-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program of Study

Communication - Corporate Communication



First Advisor

Sarah Bishop

Second Advisor

Caryn Medved


The poor enforcement of workplace DEI policies affects gay men in ways that are unique and invite close attention. The nature of the impact of missing or unsupported DEI policies on gay men has been widely debated in the field of human resources and communication studies, with scholars such as David Wicks, Helen Seitzer, James Ward, and Diana Winstansley arguing that these effects include lasting negative mental and physical health effects and discomfort with self-disclosure in the workplace. However, the existing research on this topic has not sufficiently considered the effects of the poor enforcement of workplace DEI policies side by side, in conversation with each other. This thesis will review and analyze how multiple researchers speak of the prime issues regarding the poor enforcement of workplace DEI policies and its impact on gay men in particular by combining essential themes into a meta-analysis. After detailing the challenges gay men face in workplace contexts without effectively enforced DEI policies, I offer recommendations to address and correct these problems.



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