Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Pat Romanski, William Schmarzo, Elizabeth White, Carmen Gonzalez, JP Morgenthal

News Feed Item

Ferguson Case Cause for Using the Racial Attitude Survey

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferris State University is becoming known for its focus on educating people as to racism.

Dr. Barry Mehler PhD of Ferris has the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism http://www.ferris.edu/ISAR. Vice-President Dr. David Pilgrim PhD has the Jim Crow Museum for his donated racism items http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow. Tom Rundquist Big Rapids native, a FSU alumni and former FSU staff, has his online testing sites http://www.culturaldiversitytest.com and http://www.racialattitudesurvey.com.

Tom's test was featured in ENTREPRENEUR Magazine May 1997 in its Management Smarts Section as Keeping the Peace.This article explained the advantages of cultural diversity testing to prevent lawsuits by proactive measures.

Also, Public Relations Society of America June 1997 in its Surveillance and Tactics Section further showed the benefits of testing to help solve related issues. For a few years Tom was a Round Table Group Scholar http://www.roundtablegroup.com for related expertise.

Recently  the test has gone international with students at the Institute of Business Management at Karachi, Pakistan http://www.iobm.edu.pk using the test for research.

In the past 15 years university graduate students have been using the test for their theses. Dr. Jasmine Fierro, PhD used this test for her research testing a sample of 2,000 persons (1997) subsequently redesigning the test to American Psychological Association Test Standards. Cindy Lewis used it for her Masters Research project in Racial Attitude in Advertising. Many other students over the years have used it as well.

For a critical review go to Mental Measurements Yearbook site http://www.buros.org/mental-measurements-yearbook under Racial Attitude Survey or Thomas Rundquist.

Note: that the criticisms of RAS will soon be resolved with the online testing being done with SPSS statistics plus a test manual. About 2,000 persons this last February have taken the test online at our site. You too at no cost can try the test. But to have data feedback one pays $15 for an individual and $79 for an instructor testing groups allowed for a full year. Make sure one gets a number before one takes the test so we can track the results.

Tom gives credit to Dr James Weeks, PhD (Syracuse University graduate) his graduate school Counseling Dept Head at Eastern Michigan University http://www.emich.edu who suggested the original research project. Dr Weeks arranged for Tom to use the Institute for Social Research's Professional Library at University of Michigan www.isr.umich.edu to study the racial surveys there, Tom attempted to create an unbiased test in 1968. Dr. Weeks had the reputation of being  a well known test scholar.

Years ago in the 1970's Tom was counseling ex-addicts in Detroit for Wayne Co Health Dept and Wayne Co Jail and came to know Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist. She worked at Congressman John Conyer's office in the Federal Building. At first Tom did not know just who she was and the Congressman was upset. She came to the defense of Tom explaining that he was not racist and was just not informed about her involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Later "I felt like I was just stupid."

Years later Tom's name was put on the Civil Rights Memorial's Wall of Tolerance. Rosa Parks signed his certificate. This museum is in Montgomery, Alabama and is connected with the Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.spicenter.org. Morris Dee, civil rights attorney, also signed his certificate.

Of related interest  Ferris State's student loans and scholarship funds will be increased by using TR's art. Most of Tom's art was donated to FSU in his irrevocable trust 2/1/1991. He has been in Grand Rapids Artprize contest for the previous last 3 years http://www.artprize.org. His art has also shown at Big Rapids Artworks www.artworksinbigrapids.com . He has also been a resident artist at Blue Cow Cafe in Downtown Big Rapids, MI http://www.bluecowcafe.com for recent years. For Tom's art resume and images of his art go to http://www.novamediainc.com.

Tom is a Alumni 2014 of Stanford Graduate School of Business for Top Executives. http://www.gsb.stanford.edu.

SOURCE Nova Media Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The world is at a tipping point where the technology, the device and global adoption are converging to such a point that we will see an explosion of a world where smartphone devices not only allow us to talk to each other, but allow for communication between everything – serving as a central hub from which we control our world – MediaTek is at the heart of both driving this and allowing the markets to drive this reality forward themselves. The next wave of consumer gadgets is here – smart, con...
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann returns to DevOps Summit 2015 as Conference Chair. The 4th International DevOps Summit will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. "DevOps is set to be one of the most profound disruptions to hit IT in decades," said Andi Mann. "It is a natural extension of cloud computing, and I have seen both firsthand and in independent research the fantastic results DevOps delivers. So I am excited to help the great team at ...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Ar...
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
CA Technologies has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. for $19.50 per share, which equates to approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired. The transaction has been unanimously approved by both Boards of Directors, and is expected to close in the second quarter of CA’s fiscal 2016. Based in Boulder, CO, Rally has approximately 500 employees across four continents and FY 2015 sales of $88 million. “Software applications are changing the...
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, a...
Enterprises are fast realizing the importance of integrating SaaS/Cloud applications, API and on-premises data and processes, to unleash hidden value. This webinar explores how managers can use a Microservice-centric approach to aggressively tackle the unexpected new integration challenges posed by proliferation of cloud, mobile, social and big data projects. Industry analyst and SOA expert Jason Bloomberg will strip away the hype from microservices, and clearly identify their advantages and d...
The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Database, which includes its own RESTful API. Trove was originally developed around MySQL, whose interfaces are significantly less complicated than those of the Postgres cloud database. In his session at 16th Cloud...
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enter...
What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in - unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the back door leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's hig...
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MetraTech, now part of Ericsson, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society- a world leader in communications infrastructure, software and services. Some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic runs through networks Ericsson has supplied, serving more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
Software Development Solution category in The 2015 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration. "We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the software development industry by the Stevie Awards judges," said Steve Brodie, CEO of Electric Cloud. "We introduced ElectricFlow and our Deploy app...
SYS-CON Events announced today that O'Reilly Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption...
In their general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Michael Piccininni, Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation, and Mike Dietze, Regional Director at Windstream Hosted Solutions, will review next generation cloud services, including the Windstream-EMC Tier Storage solutions, and discuss how to increase efficiencies, improve service delivery and enhance corporate cloud solution development. Speaker Bios Michael Piccininni is Global Account Manager – Cloud SP at EMC Corporation. He has b...