Archive for the ‘Workplace’ Category

How to hook up tech sector with talent

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

(CNN editorial, Van Jones) – Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have all releasedtheir workforce diversity reports in the past few weeks. These reports have sparked much hand-wringing about the low number of African-Americans and Latinos who are working in Silicon Valley tech companies. We expect to see a tide of more reports, illustrating a dismal situation needing attention.

But, too often, stunned commentators overlook a simple fact: This problem is fixable.

Tech companies need more workers, and African-American and Latino communities need more work. Silicon Valley has an insatiable demand for genius. Communities of color have an untapped supply of it. Putting aside any blaming or shaming, tech leaders and communities of color could greatly benefit by coming together — to ensure that America stops wasting so much genius. Neither Silicon Valley nor low-opportunity communities can afford it anymore.

For instance: 70% of "Googlers" are men, 30% women; 61% are white and 30% are Asian. Blacks and Hispanics? Only 2% and 3%, respectively. Google's May 2014 report could best be summed up with the company's own words: "We're not where we want to be."

Full story…

Lack of diversity could undercut Silicon Valley

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

(USAToday) The technology industry's predominantly white and Asian male workforce is in danger of losing touch with the diverse nation — and world — that forms its customer base.

Recently released numbers from some of the largest and most powerful companies confirm what many had suspected: Opportunity here is not created equal.

Blacks and Hispanics are largely absent, and women are underrepresented in Silicon Valley — from giant companies to start-ups to venture capital firms.

The industry that bills itself as a meritocracy actually looks more like a "mirrortocracy," says longtime high-tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor, co-chair of the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Even as companies scramble to find workers in the most competitive hiring market in recent memory, most are continuing to bring aboard people who look like they do.

And that, Kapor says, could undercut Silicon Valley, which needs the best people and ideas to create the next Facebook or Google.

Full story…

Majority of Latino Workers Are Now U.S.-Born — Not Immigrants

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

(Wall Street Journal) Immigrants still make up a big share of Hispanic workers in the U.S., but more often than not, they’re born in the U.S.A.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the majority of America’s Latino workers are U.S.-born, according to a report by the Pew Research Center released on Thursday.

Just under half–49.7%–of Hispanic workers were foreign-born at the end of 2013, down from 56.1% in 2007 and slightly below 1995’s level of 50.5%, Pew says. And early evidence suggests the trend is continuing this year, pushing the share of immigrants among America’s roughly 22 million Hispanic workers to 48.8%.

Full story…

The Shocking Lack Of Diversity On This Week’s Sunday Shows

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

(ThinkProgress) The Sunday political talk shows have drawn repeated criticism for filling their lineups with disproportionately white, male guests. But if this week’s lineup is any indication, the shows aren’t working too hard to fix the disparity.

Between CNN, Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC this Sunday, there were no women or people of color featured as the main, solo interviews of the show. Even in the roundtable discussions that follow the featured interviews, the participants were unrepresentative: Eight women joined the roundtables, while 15 men were part of the conversation.

Of the 38 total guests between the one-on-one interviews and the roundtables, there were five people of color. None of the shows had on more than two women, or more than two non-white guests.

The lack of diversity is simultaneously most and least surprising on a week in which foreign policy has dominated the news cycle. All of the shows featured discussion of the ongoing unrest in Iraq. And while international news may seem like an area ripe for diverse perspectives, the U.S. foreign policy establishment is overwhelmingly male.

Full story…

LinkedIn Joins Google, Reveals Employee Gender, Diversity Gap

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

(Mashable.com) LinkedIn released employee demographic data for the first time on Thursday, revealing a workforce that is mostly male, and mostly white.

Of LinkedIn's 5400-plus total employees, 61% are male, and CEO Jeff Weiner said Thursday atThomas Friedman's Next New World Conference in San Francisco that 82% of the company's tech positions are currently filled by men. Ethnically speaking, 53% of LinkedIn's U.S. workforce is white, and 38% is Asian.

That means that black, hispanic and other ethnic groups make up less than 10% of the company's U.S. employees.

"We're not where we'd like to be," said Weiner. "We want and can do better than [what we're doing]."

Full story…

Supervisor threatens to hang worker for drinking from ‘white people’ fountain

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

(CNN) – The recording sounds like something from Jim Crow days: a white supervisor threatening to hang an African-American employee for drinking water from a "white people" fountain.

But it's 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Untonia Harris, who worked at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse, said he used his phone to record his supervisor after feeling discriminated against for months.

In the audio, Harris asks if he could use a microwave.

"Hell no!" a man he describes as the supervisor responds.

When he asks why, the purported voice from the supervisor says it's because Harris is not white.

In another attempt to use the water fountain, the supervisor has the same reaction.

"I need to put a sign here that says, 'White people only,'" the voice says.

Harris asks what will happen if he is caught drinking from the fountain.

The voice replies, "That's when we hang you."

Full story…

TECH CEO: If Silicon Valley Wanted To Solve The Diversity Issue, It Would Be Solved

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

(Business Insider) African-Americans in the tech industry still seem to be relatively few and far between.

Tech behemoth Google's US-based workforce is only 2% black, the company recently announced

But that is changing — very slowly, but surely.

In February of this year, Apple appointed Denise Young Smith to lead its worldwide human resources division — a position previously held by a white man.

Also this year, storage startup Dropbox announced the appointment of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.

Full story…

New report details racial gap among US children

Friday, April 4th, 2014

(AP) – In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Titled "Race for Results," the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States.

The foundation also produces annual "Kids Count" reports, with reams of state-specific data, but these generally have not focused on race. The new report tackles the topic head-on, with charts and ratings that convey dramatic racial discrepancies.

At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels.

Full story…

IS AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION BIASED AGAINST WOMEN, MINORITY JUDGES?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

(Futurity.org) Women and minority judicial nominees systematically receive lower ratings from the American Bar Association than male or white candidates, new research shows.

An analysis of 1,770 district court nominations from 1960 to 2012 shows, however, that a candidate’s political ideology and whether they are a Republican or Democrat have no bearing on if the ABA gives a certification of  “well qualified,” “qualified,” or “not qualified.”

Published in the Journal of Law and Courts, the study shows that African Americans are 42 percentage points less likely to receive a high rating from the ABA than are whites trained at similarly ranked law schools, with similar legal experience, and nominated by the same president. Women, likewise, are 19 percentage points less likely to be highly rated than men with comparable educational and professional qualifications.

“It is important to have the voices of women and minorities in the federal courts,” says Maya Sen, assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester. “We know that women and minority judges vote differently once they are on the bench.

Full story…

Two years after riots against cops, Anaheim gets its first Latino police chief

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

(CNN) – Two years after Hispanics rioted against police in a city that Disneyland made famous, the city of Anaheim, California, has hired the first Latino police chief in its 157-year history.

Raul Quezada, 44, was sworn in as chief on Wednesday, overseeing a largely white police department in a city that is 53% Hispanic and is still reeling from strife that grew out of police shootings of poor Latinos, including at least one resulting in death, sparking the riots.

Quezada acknowledges his daunting task. In 2012, two deadly police shootings in one summer weekend led to a protest outside City Hall just 1½ miles from Disneyland, the city's famous attraction. That protest turned violent and spread throughout the city for four days.

Quezada, who worked his way up in the department after starting as a patrolman in 1996, will seek to regain the community's trust through civil engagement, he said. Anaheim has a population of 336,000 and is also home to baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and hockey's Anaheim Ducks.

Full story…

Subscribe to RSS feed