Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: May 4, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a very special Girl Scouts group in New York, inclusive art, the world’s best parental leave policy and how a tech company in Silicon Valley is actually making good progress in regard to their diversity numbers. Happy Friday!
A lot of tech companies in Silicon Valley have appointed Chief D&I Officers, but their diversity reports usually show very little or even no improvements.
The collaboration software company Slack on the other side decided to implement a different approach and made diversity part of their overall strategy – and it seems to be working. In comparison to other companies, they have a very high number of women in leadership and tech roles, and looking at the number of minorities they are employing, they have more than twice as many as the average tech company.
For this interesting article, the author interviewed two dads were who moved from the US, a country with basically no parental leave, to Sweden, the country with the world’s most progressive parental leave policy.
Sweden is now actually planning to modernize the family leave program and not only extend the leave for dads, but also to become more inclusive for LGBTQ families.
Inclusion & Tech
An art exhibit in Prague is helping blind or visually impaired people to “see” art. The projects is using gloves and VR and the visitors can experience various 3D objects through haptic feedback. Watch the video here.
Troup 6000 is a very special Girl Scouts group in New York that was founded just over a year ago to help homeless children. Children who grow up being homeless are twice as likely to become homeless adults as well, so Girl Scouts is trying to support them and give them perspectives.
And in other news – after announcing last year that the Boy Scouts of America will start welcoming girls, they have now revealed their new name: Scouts BSA.