Opinion: NFL’s continued lack of diversity in coaching hires is shameful

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There’s always an excuse.

Jim Caldwell is too boring. Marvin Lewis can’t make in-game adjustments. Vance Joseph wasn’t aggressive enough. Hue Jackson is a fake. Steve Wilks just wasn’t the right fit.

Or … something.

Rather than fawning over someone’s offensive genius or playing Six Degrees of Sean McVay, let’s go ahead and call what’s going on in the NFL for what it really is. Over the last two weeks, we’ve seen certain coaches get jobs and interviews while others are given a once-over – maybe – and told better luck next time.

The only difference being the color of their skin.  (read more)

Stars Use Golden Globes Stage to Push for More Diversity

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Diversity was once again front and center at the Golden Globe Awards as multiple winners used the kudocast as a bully pulpit to advocate for greater inclusion efforts throughout the entertainment industry. 

Regina King, who won supporting film actress for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” pledged that she would insist that at least 50% of the cast and crew members on her future projects would be female. King has become active as a director and producer in recent years in addition to her much-praised acting work. (read more)

Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar makes history by wearing hijab on the floor of the House of Representatives as rules are changed to allow religious head coverings – then is sworn in on the Koran #CHAMPIONSOFDIVERSITY

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One of the first female Muslim members of Congress took her seat wearing the hijab on Thursday.

Democrat Ilhan Omar made history as she become one of the first two Muslim women to enter Congress – and did so with her head covered.

The 37-year-old who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somali represents the fifth district of Minnesota, which includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.

Democrats were to formally end the ban on religious head coverings on the House floor on Thursday afternoon as part of a package of rules to govern the House. That package changes the ban on head coverings to exclude ‘non-religious headdress.’

That means Omar will be allowed to don her hijab when she’s on the House floor to vote and give speeches during normal sessions.

The Somali-American was later ceremonially sworn in on the Koran by Nancy Pelosi, while holding Islamic prayer beads. (read more)

Three Practical First Steps To Successful Diversity Hiring

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As we enter the new year, companies are likely prioritizing their 2019 recruiting strategies, and diversity hiring is a top-of-mind issue across many industries. Despite high interest and conversations around workplace diversity in recent years, progress has been slow.

The diversity hiring problem is most apparent in Silicon Valley.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people of color currently make up 23% of the U.S. population, and women make up more than 50%. Yet, according to LinkedIn’s data analysis, women make up less than 29% of tech industry professionals and only fill 20% of tech leadership roles. There’s also evidence that the number of African Americans working in tech, specifically in Silicon Valley, has actually decreased. (read more)

Diversity And Inclusion New Year’s Resolutions Every Company Should Have

 

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A new year is upon us and with the start of a new year comes the evaluation of the previous year and the creation of New Year’s resolutions. While the practice of setting goals for the upcoming year is a healthy habit for organizations and employees to cultivate, researchindicates that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. What diversity and inclusion goals should your company create and how can you increase the likelihood of achieving these goals? (read more)

House Democrats to push for more diversity in top corporate ranks

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California Democrat Maxine Waters, the first woman and first African-American to chair the House Financial Services Committee, is planning to use her new power to push for more women and minorities in the top ranks of corporate America.

Some firms are panicking at the prospect of new public scrutiny, according to lobbyists, who say that while companies won’t openly fight Democrats’ moves to promote diversity, many are uneasy about the prospect of government getting directly involved in their hiring decisions.

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