Why We Need To Hire For Diversity In Thought

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Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a popular corporate topic right now, and for good reason. But while D&I strategies are surely needed, too often, they fall short because they focus only on external differences of gender and race.

Imagine this: All of a sudden, you become blind, and you cannot see the applicant in front of you or the teammate next to you. All you can do is rely on what’s being said. Who and why do you hire?

Our recruiting efforts must pay mind to diversity in thought too. (read more)

Diversity Film Series launches season with films about Japanese American internment

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About 75 people turned out at The Edmonds Theater Saturday, Oct. 20 for the kickoff of the 2018-19 Edmonds Diversity Commission Film Series, which featured two Stourwater Films – Honor and Sacrifice and Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii.

Both films track the wartime contributions of two American heroes, Roy Matsumoto and Kazuo Yamane. They also illuminate  the internment of tens of thousands of Japanese American citizens along the West Coast during World War II. (read more)

Carly Fiorina: Real work on diversity will rise above Trump’s petty nastiness

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When then-candidate Donald Trump made disparaging comments about my appearance, many were shocked. I was not. He was not the first man, nor will he be the last, to comment on my appearance — positively or negatively — in an attempt to diminish or distract from my ability to contribute and lead.

While any president’s diminishing and disrespectful words have impact, there are things we can each do that will have far greater importance. This is not to condone or set aside his comments — he was at it again on Twitter last week — nor is it to deny that words have real power, or that disrespect of others, for any reason, has real consequences. However, while we are understandably troubled by words, actions of substance always speak louder and last longer. (read more)

How OU’s African Studies program brings diversity to a predominantly white community

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The 2017 census data identified nearly 83 percent of Ohio as white, but Ohio University seeks to combat that through its highly successful African Studies program.

With such low ethnic diversity, it can be easy for individuals to grow up uneducated about other cultures and countries because they simply aren’t exposed to them. That’s where OU comes in.

The program offers languages like Akan, Kiswahili and Wolof and requires courses such as  African literature and African history. Students are given the opportunity to learn the languages of African countries while also being educated about cultures and traditions through a hands-on approach.  (read more)

The role diversity anxiety can play in ‘living while black’ incidents: OPINION

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Cornerstone Caroline” and “Pool Patrol Paula” have recently become viral memes showing white people who call the police to report a black person going about their daily life.

In concert with increasing racial and ethnic diversity in many communities — and the ability to record a video with a smartphone — the internet is giving the U.S. an education in what racial prejudice can look like.

White people are projected to make up less than half of the U.S. population by 2044, and sociologists and psychologists are debating the possible consequences that shift will have on race relations. It might bring us closer to Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, but it does not seem to come without a few nightmares along the way. (read more)

Frank E. Petersen, First Black General in Marines, Dies at 83

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Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general in the Marine Corps, died on Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, Md., near Annapolis. He was 83.

The cause was lung cancer, his wife, Alicia, said.

The son of a former sugar-cane plantation worker from St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, General Petersen grew up in Topeka, Kan., when schools were still segregated. He was told to retake a Navy entrance exam by a recruiter who suspected he had cheated the first time; steered to naval training as a mess steward because of his race; and ejected from a public bus while training in Florida for refusing to sit with the other black passengers in the back. (read more)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee talks on diversity & inclusion at opening reception

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Retired track and field athlete and six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee came back to her roots in the Metro East area to speak about what diversity and inclusion mean to her and the community. 

An opening reception for community stakeholders for Diversity Day took place on Monday in the Cougar Pavilion of the Lukas Annex to introduce SIUE’s new Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and extend an invitation to the school’s Inaugural Diversity Day. (read more)

The CEOs of PayPal and SAP Say That Diversity Is Non-Negotiable

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Diversity and a clear expression of a corporation’s values are more important than ever, two leading tech CEO’s said the Fortune Global Forum on Tuesday.

While diversity, whether on a gender or ethnic or any other basis, gets a lot of press nowadays and stirs often contentious debate, it is a corporate imperative that also ultimately means better financial performance, they said. (read more)

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

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With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in when the subject of the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring Hayley Wickenheiser was broached.

Impressed as the Sabres president was by the gender-breaking move in August, Pegula’s first reaction was wondering how Buffalo’s cross-border rival beat her to the punch in making Wickenheiser the NHL’s first woman to hold a hockey operations role as assistant director of player development.

“Darn it,” Pegula said, smiling. “I wish I would’ve done it first.” (read more)


Phoebe Robinson: There’s No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy

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Phoebe Robinson has set out to change the demographics of comedy: “It’s a very white male, straight male-dominated industry — and that can be exhausting,” she says.

Two years ago, Robinson and her fellow comic Jessica Williams launched 2 Dope Queens — a live comedy show and podcast showcasing comedians from a variety of different backgrounds. The show is now a series of four HBO specials, with more in the works. She also hosts the spinoff podcast Sooo Many White Guys. (read more)

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