I’ve often thought it might help to curtail police brutality and murder if white and black, or white and some other minority, officers were routinely paired up as partners. Partners spend lots of time together each day. They eat together, travel together, and they act in concert, often in dangerous situations where their safety – … Continue reading Step Into My (Virtual Reality) Shoes
A white man wrote me an email recently. A software developer I’ll call Portland, since that’s where he comes from. He gave me permission to post and discuss his email – thank you, sir – but he asked to be anonymous, which I respect. This is sensitive stuff, and while many of us are open … Continue reading Diversity Is Not an Excuse to Attack White People
You may not have heard of this company called Slack — it produces a messaging app for teams — but I think you should check it out. It’s not a big company, though it’s growing fast, but it has created some serious diversity traction in a relatively short period of time. Even better, its approach … Continue reading Slack Not So Lazy When It Comes to Diversity
What did we do before hashtags? I suppose we were forced to emphasize what’s important with plebian tools like exclamation points. But these days, those just seem so old fashioned. Kind of like assuming you know who someone is and what they should do based on their appearance. Honestly, what tactic could be more dated … Continue reading Looks Can Be Deceiving #Ilooklikeanengineer #gender #technology
Yesterday Netflix announced its employees will now receive unlimited maternity or paternity leave during the first year after their child’s birth or adoption. The company will pay them normally during their time off, and they can choose to come back to work full- or part-time. And if they feel they’ve come back too early, employees can take … Continue reading Netflix Loves the Kids #gender #equality #inclusion
Lackluster diversity discussions in the tech industry are par for the course, unfortunately. Many of the big companies talk a reasonably good game — rather, they talk — but few have put real teeth behind their stated intentions. Pinterest, however, announced late last week exactly what it hopes to achieve in diversity for 2016. Women … Continue reading Pinterest Pins Real Numbers on #Diversity #Hiring.
In recent weeks many of the big tech companies in Silicon Valley have released diversity numbers detailing a significant lack thereof within their organizations. Aside from poor showings in gender and racial diversity, one dimension that has not been shared via metrics? Age. Continue reading Is Silicon Valley Ageist? #diversity #inclusion