Tag: Diversity

Trump’s Attack on Diversity Training Stifles Racial Reconciliation Efforts

Ron House, the president of John A. Logan College, did not respond to a request for comment.

The reaction has been driven, in part, by the severity of the penalties. Violation of the executive order by contractors carries the risk of debarment or blacklisting from government contracts, which could put some companies out of business.

The Labor Department has already rolled out a hotline for tips about noncompliance. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will also require that federal contractors and subcontractors send in for review the content of diversity and inclusion training programs as well as their duration and expense.

Legal experts say they have never seen such demands. The executive order’s definition of “divisive concepts” is exceedingly broad, and the meaning of “scapegoating,” which is banned in the order, makes little sense, said Scott Hommer, the co-chairman of the

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How To Support Diversity And Inclusion Beyond Just Words

Jamie Hoobanoff, Founder and CEO of The Leadership Agency, North America’s sales and executive recruitment partner of choice for startups.

You hear it everywhere right now — the conversation about diversity, inclusion and equity seems to be taking place in business meetings, personal interactions and all over the news. However, it seems to me like we have had these discussions before, and inevitably we moved on to talk about other things without ever taking action.

The desired change, the necessary progress that we all say that we support, hasn’t happened yet or at least not enough. In the past, we spoke about a lack of women on boards and panels, and there has been an improvement in female representation over the years. That’s a start. It demonstrates that change can happen when we come together and commit to it. Insist on it. 

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Tech groups slam Trump’s diversity training executive order — FCW

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Tech groups slam Trump’s diversity training executive order

 

Several leading technology trade associations are pressing the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that, along with subsequent memos and guidance, has put diversity and inclusion training at federal agencies on pause.

The executive order, issued on Sept. 22, looks to purge diversity training curricula of concepts that Trump administration says communicate the “pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors…”

The order extends to companies doing business with the government. “Federal contractors will not be permitted to inculcate such views in their employees,” the order states.

The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued guidance Oct. 7 explaining the scope, reach and timing of the order with regard to contractors.

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Latinx leaders championing diversity and driving change in business

  • For Hispanic Heritage month, Business Insider partnered with We Are All Human, a nonprofit championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to identify 10 Latinx business leaders driving change within their communities. 
  • From entrepreneurs making personal finance more accessible to Spanish speakers, to nonprofit founders helping young Latinx women achieve career success, these 10 leaders are working for change.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Business Insider wanted to spotlight Latinx business leaders driving change not only through their work, but within their communities.

The Black Lives matter protests and the ongoing pandemic have led to louder and more effective calls for racial and ethnic equality in the US. The demand for action has spilled into the business world, where leaders across industries are starting to push for change and actionable reform. 

To help us find Latinx leaders whose impact

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Some Diversity Training Programs Are in Limbo After White House Order

A White House directive issued last month that prohibits federal agencies, companies with federal contracts, and recipients of federal grants from participating in training that “promotes race or sex-stereotyping or scapegoating” has prompted confusion and pushback from employers. In the presidential debate last week, President Trump said he signed the order because “they were teaching people that our country is a horrible place, it’s a racist place. And they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not gonna allow that to happen.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS
1. The order could affect many major U.S. companies, universities and hospitals.

Companies that have federal contracts, and universities and hospitals that receive federal grants are among those that could be affected.

2. Some companies are pausing programs.

Some companies are putting diversity training on pause, while several federal agencies have canceled scheduled events as they try to understand the directive. Trade groups representing

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White House Order Against Diversity Training Generates Confusion

Some U.S. business groups are pushing back against a White House directive to limit racial-sensitivity training, which has caused confusion for some private businesses with federal contracts.

Trade groups representing pharmaceutical makers, technology giants and advertising agencies have issued statements protesting President Trump’s executive order. They say the order attacks free speech and undermines workplace equity. As they seek to understand the directive, some companies are putting diversity training on pause, while several federal agencies have canceled scheduled events.

The executive order, issued on Sept. 22, prohibits federal agencies, companies with federal contracts, and recipients of federal grants from participating in training that “promotes race or sex-stereotyping or scapegoating.” The Trump administration threatens to suspend or cancel federal contracts with companies that violate the order.

Many major U.S. companies have federal contracts, and many universities and hospitals receive federal grants.

“The president has elevated the debate about critical race theory

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Presidential Candidate De La Fuente Pledges More Funding for Police to Assist With Training for Diversity and Alternatives to Deadly Force

PORTLAND, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 5, 2020–

Alliance Party of Maine presidential candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente today announced his plan to provide additional funding for the nation’s police forces to develop training programs in diversity and inclusion and also to help them identify appropriate policy alternatives to the use of deadly force.

“I reject the idea of defunding police departments, and in fact will work to increase funding for this important training. I believe the majority in the policing profession do not deliberately, intentionally or routinely discriminate against citizens based on race or national origin,” said De La Fuente, the son of Mexican immigrants. “Nor does the majority immediately prefer to apply deadly force during an arrest gone bad or in a non-life-threatening situation. Some do, however, and that’s why this training plan is so needed.”

The details, scope and application methods of the training programs will be determined by

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Blockchain Management Styles At 3 Systemically Important Financial Institutions Show A Diversity Of Strategies

Three of the most prolific enterprise blockchain builders shared a virtual stage last week as they delved into the inner workings of how they use the technology popularized by bitcoin. Unlike your typical blockchain and cryptocurrency event, the trio—Mariana Gomez de la Villa of Dutch bank ING Group, Jennifer Peve of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) and Xue Wang from the second-largest bank in the world, China Construction Bank—spoke directly to senior-level executives at some of the largest companies in the world, sharing best practices on how to use the technology that some believe is a threat to their very survival.

The

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A Contractor’s Guide To Trump’s Diversity Training Order

Law360 (October 2, 2020, 5:42 PM EDT) — Federal contractors have long provided various types of anti-harassment, nondiscrimination and diversity and inclusion, or D&I, training to their employees. After the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed, D&I training has proliferated in workplaces across the country, including within federal agencies and in the contractor community.

In response to the widespread public protests for racial equality, many companies and executives issued public statements denouncing racism. Many also pledged millions of dollars to social justice organizations. In numerous workplaces, employees have taken the initiative to organize book clubs and discussion circles focused specifically on promoting open workplace discussions…

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Diversity training startup lost a client to Trump’s ban, CEO says

  • Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson said in a tweet Thursday that a recent executive order from the Trump administration banning certain types of diversity training at federal contractors already caused her to lose a a client.
  • Emerson said the type of training her startup provides does not violate the executive order, but that this company ended it just to “play it safe.”
  • She said that other companies are holding off on diversity training altogether because of confusion over the order.
  • Paradigm is especially known for providing training to Silicon Valley startups and big tech firms, which have historically struggled to achieve representation of minorities in their workforces and C-suites.
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The CEO of a diversity training consulting firm said Thursday that her company has already lost a client due to President Trump’s recent executive order.

 

“We just lost our

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