'Rent-A-Minority'; Facebook Initiatives; Black Female Founders, Nearly Zero VC; Race & Gender; Cornell
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Issue #12 // February 23, 2016
'Rent-A-Minority' Promises A Satirical Solution To Diversity Problems
I think I startled my fellow bus passengers when I laughed out loud from this sendup of poorly designed diversity initiatives. Using humor to call out a serious situation can be an effective leadership tool.
NPR

Here's everything Facebook is doing this year to address its 'pathetic' diversity numbers
Facebook’s Maxine Williams has been hard at work to make Facebook more representative of the people that use the service. Like every tech company, they have struggled to hire and retain a diverse workforce. They’ve posted their hour-long unconscious bias training online, and it’s a great resource for any company looking to kickstart their diversity efforts.
Business Insider

It’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital
A new report by #ProjectDiane highlights just how far the VC world has to go to support non-white, non-male startups. From 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% of venture deals went to black female founders. The full report contains even more detail on the disparity.
TechCrunch

Tech Companies Shouldn't Treat Race and Gender Separately
Race, gender, background and orientation are all complex, interwoven traits that should be considered holistically. Communication company Slack is once again leading the way by including the intersection of race and gender in their most recent report on diversity.
Fortune

Cornell University Receives $50 Million for Diversity in Engineering
It’s great to see large sums of money dedicated to training people of color and women in the engineering sciences. Cornell received the endowment from an alumni interested in expanding the reach of their School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Philanthropy News Digest

 

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