Tag: Diversity

1K Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Join Visa Ban Fight

Law360 (September 18, 2020, 10:13 PM EDT) — –EDITING–More than 1,000 individuals who won the Diversity Visa lottery lodged a last-ditch attempt on Friday to have their green cards processed ahead of a looming Sept. 30 deadline, the latest legal challenge to the president’s visa bans.

In a 1,240-page complaint, the winners of the Diversity Visa lottery — which gives 55,000 green cards to people from underrepresented nations — accuse the U.S. Department of State of sitting on their green card requests under an improper interpretation of President Donald Trump’s recent visa bans.

The suit claims that the State Department has refused to schedule interviews for lottery winners under…

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Diversity training shouldn’t be toxic

As Election Day nears, President Donald Trump has found a new enemy: anti-racist diversity training for federal employees. Earlier this month, a memo from the Office of Management and Budget informed federal departments and agencies of a presidential directive to root out training programs incorporating “critical race theory” (an approach that analyzes society through the lens of race and power), or depicting either the United States or any racial group as “inherently racist or evil.” Meanwhile, on Twitter, he railed against the programs as a “sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.”

Reports on Trump’s initiative, apparently inspired by Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, have treated it as race-baiting for the base. It fits Trump’s image as the president of white people who resent losing their dominance and see him as their savior.

Yet whatever Trump’s motive, his target in this instance is a real problem: workplace diversity programs are

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Esper promised more diversity at the Pentagon. The White House had other ideas.

Ted Johnson, a speechwriter for the Joint Chiefs from 2014 to 2016 and retired Navy commander, criticized the lack of diversity in the Trump administration broadly, noting that “the rhetoric that often accompanies the conversation around this administration makes it clear that if you are a minority serving in it, you’re going to have to contend with a level of discomfort that you would not have had to face in a previous administration.”

The Pentagon declined multiple requests to provide a breakdown of its senior civilian ranks by race, but publicly available data reveals a department run overwhelmingly by white men. Esper and his deputy, David Norquist, are white. Six out of seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are white men; new Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown is only the second Black man ever to serve on the Joint Chiefs.

The lower ranks of

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‘The needle is starting to move’: Inside Turner Sports’ plan to fix Bleacher Report’s diversity and inclusion problem

On Aug. 19, Turner Sports president Lenny Daniels sent an email to all Bleacher Report employees to update them on the steps the lifestyle sports publication’s parent organization was taking to address the diversity and inclusion issues inside B/R that boiled over in June.

In the email, which was reviewed by Digiday, Daniels wrote, “Growth in all aspects of diversity and inclusion is paramount to our success, but in order to do so it must become much more than words.”

Turner Sports’ efforts to address B/R’s D&I problem are starting to become just that. The company has reformed its People Advisory Council to become involved in B/R’s hiring and employee retention practices. It has installed multiple Black executives from Turner Sports within B/R’s leadership ranks. It has hired a Black vp of sales that will work across Turner Sports and B/R. And the company has other efforts in the works,

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Palmisano working to enhance diversity in construction industry, starting with the youth of New Orleans | Sponsored: Palmisano

For years, the construction management industry has struggled with a lack of diversity among its job candidate pool. At Palmisano, leaders have long been active in trying to recruit and hire a diverse workforce. But recently, they have focused additional effort on helping create a more diverse talent pipeline.

As part of the company’s mission, The Palmisano Foundation, a 501c3, works with organizations such as Junior Achievement and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, among others. The idea is to work with youth and let them know about career development opportunities in the construction industry. In addition, Palmisano plays a significant role in the ACE Mentor Program, which focuses on providing students with education and opportunities for long-term careers in the construction industry.

This past year, Palmisano partnered with the University of New Orleans to support the creation of a new Urban

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Diversity is key to business innovation

Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said Thursday that workforce diversity is critical for any company trying to innovate and disrupt an industry, emphasizing its role in ensuring the longevity of a firm.  

“Businesses thrive over time through innovation. You have to introduce new products, refine your processes so you can be more cost-effective. You have to innovate for a business to sustain success over time. If you don’t innovate, you get gobbled up or you go out of business,” Donald said at CNBC’s Inclusion In Action Forum.

And for that innovation to happen, Donald said a business needs to be hearing a range of ideas. 

“Innovation, by definition, is diversity of thinking. It’s thinking out of the box and so you are far more likely to engineer sustained innovation if you’ve engineered diversity of thinking in your organization,” said Donald. “And diversity of thinking is often reflected by the diversity of

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Got Stuck? Learn To Pivot From The Kentucky Derby And The Derby Diversity Business Summit

Established in 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the longest-running sporting event in the U.S.A. The iconic horse race always takes place the first weekend in May. And few would deny the financial and entertainment success of this event.

In standard years, the race is preceded by a month of celebrations and festivals and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

This year the pandemic prompted tradition-busting pivots in the Derby. Instead of running the race the first weekend of May, the date since 1946, the event kicked off the first weekend in September.

The famous racetrack, Churchill Downs, saw only a handful of horse owners and trainers

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What the history of diversity training reveals about its future

Picture a standard corporate meeting room, participants crowded around a video of multi-racial actors acting out hypothetical office scenarios.

They fill out workbooks about racial stereotypes, sit through psychological lessons on prejudice and discuss the recent protests against police brutality on the news. The year is 1992, and although the VHS player and the shoulder pads may be dated, other elements of this scene might be familiar to readers in 2020.

Readers may have sat through diversity training at their workplaces or watched as businesses responded to protests against racism. And as we have in the past when companies were called out for racist incidents or homogeneity in the C-suite, we’re once again seeing a call for a familiar intervention to reduce racism: unconscious bias training.

Skepticism about impact

As a business historian, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see better training as a proposed solution. Yet activists and

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Trump’s Ban Censors The Type Of Diversity Training Organizations Need Most, Antiracism Training

Just as American workplaces have doubled down on diversity training in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter moment, President Trump has abruptly restricted if not banned diversity related trainings in federal agencies. Trump purportedly rejects the view that systemic racism in America is a problem and has now banned any federal agency trainings related the concepts of “white privilege” or “critical race theory”. A closer read of the Office of Management and Budget memo suggests that the ban is specifically focused on antiracism related trainings – arguably just what America needs most.

While most companies embraced some level of diversity training in the years after the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, the results have arguably been dismal at best. Where have decades of broad diversity training brought us?

·      There are only four Black CEOs in the Fortune 500

·      Today’s most diverse Congress ever includes only 57 Black

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Master P Launches Food Line To Bring Diversity To Packaged Food

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And finally today, let’s talk food. If you love food as we do, you’ve probably followed some of the recent controversies over racist imagery on some well-known products and about the lack of diverse representation in food writing and reviewing and other foodie spaces. Well, enter the rapper and entrepreneur Master P. This week, Master P, whose given name is Percy Miller, announced that he’s getting into the packaged food business. He recently launched a line of products called Uncle P’s Louisiana Seasoned.

But Miller, a native of New Orleans, says it’s about more than changing racist imagery. He wants to use the brand to help support the Black community. We wanted to hear more, so we gave him a call.

Percy Miller, Master P, welcome. Thank you so much for joining us.

PERCY MILLER: Hey, how you doing?

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