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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: May 18, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags

Did you know that the 17th of May was IDAHOTB, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia? The day was created in 2004 and is celebrated in over 130 countries across the world (including countries where same-sex relationships are illegal).
Happy Friday and Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim readers!

Diversity

The Rooney Rule is a National Football League policy that requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for all senior coaching or operations jobs. Facebook implemented a similar policy a few years ago and this week, Amazon announced that they will adapt this when interviewing new board members. Their current board is all-white and 70% male.

Inclusion & Tech

Microsoft Xbox designers just created a new product – the Adaptive Controller, a game pad that can be used by gamers with limited control of their  fine motor functions, or even without hands. In the past there were very few products available for people with disabilities, so this will really help – not only gamers, but also in therapies

Inclusion

The stock photo company Getty Images found that only 2% of their pictures showed people with disability – while almost every 5th person in the world has a disability. Getty is now making a conscious effort to increase the number of available photos, took guidance from focus groups and gave their photographers new guidelines to follow.

Diversity

Marvel is actively driving diverse representation on film (for example Black Panther) and they have just announced that they are working on a new film, starring Ms Marvel. Ms Marvel is a female superhero – and Muslim!

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