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Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: March 16, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today I have a couple of great videos for you (enjoy!) – and a very informative HBR article, especially for those of you who are working in HR. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Diversity

Employee Referrals are a very popular source of hire – but according to a new study, they can negatively affect the diversity of the workforce, excluding both women and minorities. This very interesting HBR article discusses how referral programs can be utilized without having a negative impact on diversity.

Algorithmic Bias

MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini evaluated facial analysis programs from major tech companies like IBM and Microsoft and looked at their capabilities recognizing gender and different skin tones. While the error rates were marginal for white men, the programs had huge difficulties processing darker skin tones, especially for women. (Watch the video).

Inclusion

Actress and film maker Rachel Shenton won her first Oscar this year – and decided to deliver her acceptance speech in sign language. The movie “The silent child” tells the story of a young girl who has no means to communicate until she is taught sign language by a social worker. According to the movie “over 78% of deaf children attend mainstream school with no specialist support in place”.

Gender

This IWD spot from the Norwegian Finansforbundet (a financial trade union) went viral last week, so you might have seen it already: the video captures the unscripted reactions of children who experienced that equal work does not mean equal pay. Very sweet!


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa and is really passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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