Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: June 8, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. June is LGBT Pride Month and people are celebrating with pride parades and activism to make a stand for equality and to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots.
You can read more about the history of the Pride month here. Happy Friday!
Women and Tech
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is seen as the main driver for the 4th industrial revolution, but while there are already very few woman in tech jobs, in AI the number of female scientists is even lower. The program AI4All is trying to change this and is partnering with top universities like Stanford and Princeton to offer AI summer camps for high-schoolers (especially girls and children from underrepresented minorities or underprivileged families). This really sounds like a great initiative!
From June 24th women will officially be allowed to obtain drivers licenses in Saudi Arabia. On Monday, 10 women made history by being granted the first drivers licenses for women in Saudi Arabia. They were all holding licenses from foreign countries and went through an additional driving test before the local documents were issued.
On Tuesday Akbar al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, made a sexist comment at a conference, stating that his job could not be done by a woman “because it is a very challenging position”. This obviously caused a lot of outcries and Mr al-Baker apologized in the meantime, saying that of course Qatar Airways believes in gender equality.
Last week Starbucks closed their 8000 locations in the US to offer a 4 hour racial bias training workshop to all their employees. As part of the training they shared this video from the award winning documentary maker Stanley Nelson.
And just for fun: here is the video Trevor Noah and the Daily Show suggested Starbucks could use for their training.