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Does diversity influence group success?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

(Phys.org) Support for gender diversity in organizations and institutions has risen steadily in recent years, with reports and pundits hailing the strengths and virtues of having a female voice involved in decision making processes. Yet little research exists on just why gender diversity works. A new study led by a Ryerson University researcher exploring gender diversity in science research sets out to examine if gender diversity leads to better results, be it in the lab or the boardroom.

Lesley Campbell is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University and an expert in evolution, ecology and botany. In conducting her research and publishing papers, she was intrigued by the issue of research team composition and whether diverse groups had more success than groups comprised of uniform membership such as individuals of the same gender.

Campbell, along with former researchers from Rice University, decided to ask a basic question: Does diversity have an influence on the success of groups?

Her recently published paper, "Gender-Heterogeneous Working Groups Produce Higher Quality Science," offers the first empirical evidence that heterogeneous teams produce results perceived to be of higher quality by peers than results produced by homogeneous teams.

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The Burden of Being Bright: Academic Achievement among African American Male You

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

(Examiner.com) Imagine an African American high school student being teased for speaking Standard English or being harassed for their commitment to reading and studying. As a parent, what would be appropriate response if one’s middle school age son or daughter was constantly being ridiculed for making good grades and participating in activities that promote intellectual development such as the chess club or the debate team? Despite the commonly held belief that education is considered the ticket to success in American culture, there is subtle and yet influential negative trend that has developed within certain minority communities that despises academic achievement and those who pursue such goals.

Within the disciplines of social psychology and education, a number of studies reveal the existence of African American male youth who are being marginalized by their African American peers due to their commitment to academic excellence. Considering that social status is an important aspect of their development, these adolescents are forced to make some choices that may determine their trajectory in the future. For many, they are making a decision between being smart or facing the possibility of being ridiculed, experiencing academic or social success, exposure to advancement or acceptance.

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Racial wealth gap grows during Great Recession: Study

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

 

(MSNBC) The Great Recession took its toll on millions of Americans, but even more so for black and Hispanic families, a new studyshows.

According to the Urban Institute, the existing racial wealth gap became even bigger since the start of the economic downturn. In 2010, the average white family was six times wealthier ($632,000) than the average black ($98,000) or Hispanic family ($110,000). That’s up from 1983, when the average white family was five times as wealthy in comparison to the average black or Hispanic family.

“While the Great Recession didn’t cause the wealth disparities between whites and minorities, it did exacerbate them,” the study says.

Wealth was measured by total assets, including home value, bank and retirement accounts, student loans and credit-card balances.

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Report: Some gov’t lawyers opposed bias pay for women, Hispanics

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

(UPI) – Some government lawyers opposed allocating $1.33 billion for female and Hispanic farmers who encountered discrimination, The New York Times reported.

The Times said Friday political appointees in the Obama administration, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, pushed for the move, which committed the money to compensate thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court, the report said.

Career lawyers in the agriculture and justice departments argued against the plan, saying that payouts to people who had never filed discrimination claims were vulnerable to fraud and there was no evidence women and Hispanic farmers had suffered widespread discrimination in government aid.

The farmers argued biased federal loan officers had blocked their attempts to borrow money to farm, the Times said.

"I think a lot of people were disappointed," said J. Michael Kelly, a former associate general counsel in the Agriculture Department. "You can't spend a lot of years trying to defend those cases honestly, then have the tables turned on you and not question the wisdom of settling them in a broad sweep."

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Dear Chris Christie: That ‘African-American Female’ Has a Name

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

 

(The Root) On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie complained at a church-hosted meeting that a particular politician was blocking a vote on a school-voucher bill that would let children in failing districts attend classes elsewhere. But, the Huffington Post reports, instead of referring to her by her name (Sheila Oliver) — or even just her title — he called her an "African-American female speaker of the Assembly." 

Oliver later said she was "appalled" that Christie injected race into the discussion on education.

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Anti-black views rise, poll finds

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

(FortWayne.com) Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

Those views could cost President Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some people’s more favorable views of blacks.

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.

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New Ethnicmajority blog

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

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U.S. Census Bureau predicts that whites will soon be the minority (San Francisco Examiner)

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
According to new government projections, the nation will be more racially and ethnically diverse by mid-century.
White people will no longer make up the majority of Americans by the year 2042. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, which were done in 2004.
Minorities, who now make up about one-third of the population, are expected to account for 54% of the population by 2050 while non-Hispanic whites will account for 46%.
The diversity process has sped up in this country due to immigration and high birth rates among minorities, especially Latinos. The report suggests that the Latino population is projected to nearly triple from 46 million to 132 million during the 2008-2050 period, which is an increase from 15 percent to 30 percent. This means that one in three U.S. residents would be Latino.
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Pew Forum finds clear demographic changes in American Catholicism (Catholic World News)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In a profile of America’s Catholic population, released in advance of Pope Benedict’s visit to the US, the Pew Forum calls attention to a demographic shift, with younger Catholics less likely to remain active in the Church, while Hispanic immigrants replace many of the “cradle Catholics” who no longer practice the faith. “No other major faith in the U.S. has experienced greater net losses over the last few decades as a result of changes in religious affiliation than the Catholic Church,” the Pew report notes. Citing the extensive survey undertaken for the “Religious Landscape Survey” that was released earlier this month, the Pew Forum explains that “roughly one-third of those who were raised Catholic have left the church, and approximately one-in-ten American adults are former Catholics.”

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