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Issue #8 // January 26, 2016

Pinterest’s Data-Driven Approach to Improving Diversity
Pinterest is launching 2 new programs designed to hire more women and people of color into their engineering group. They are offering an 8-week internship and a one-year apprenticeship at the company. In addition, Pinterest continues to work with Paradigm to collect data on promotions and pay to ensure more equal compensation. This article gives great concrete examples of how other companies, such as Google and Facebook, are launching initiatives of their own.
The Atlantic

How Saturday Night Live’s Diversity Push Has Given the Show Its Political Edge Back
It was all over the news this week - the Oscars nominated only white actors and there has been a backlash. If you haven’t seen the SNL sketch on the issue, you should. It will be a funny and poignant 3 minutes well-spent.
Vanity Fair

“Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience”
In this Q&A, former director of the National Science Foundation John Slaughter discusses how the field of engineering has been dramatically changed from the contributions of African-American women and men. He makes the case that America’s lack of diversity in engineering puts the country at a competitive disadvantage and poses a threat to our ability to innovate.
Inside Higher Ed

Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes
A newly opened comic book store in Philadelphia aims to provide a more representative set of inspirational heroes for comic lovers. The combination coffeehouse and comic store is resonating with people in owner Ariell Johnson’s community.

Kapor Capital Will Start Requiring New Portfolio Startups To Invest In Diversity And Inclusion
Kapor Capital, based in Oakland, CA, is one of the most well-respected venture firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. 52 of their portfolio companies have signed onto the firm’s “Founder’s Commitment”, a pledge and playbook for investing in diversity. This is one actionable example of how the tech community is getting serious about fostering a more inclusive environment.


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