D&I Weekly News Round Up Special Edition

Welcome to the 300th Special Edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today I am sharing my favorite videos and articles from the past year – but first, I have two new stories for you that are worth watching/reading. Stay safe everyone!

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Racial Bias

Great TED talk about racial bias. Jennifer L Eberhardt is a social psychologist at Stanford University and is sharing how biases target Black people and what we can do about it.

LGBTQ+

I love this story! When a Spanish village had to take down the rainbow flag that was flying from the town hall, hundreds of residents quickly organized flags to fill their village with rainbows.

And here are some of my favourite articles and videos from the past year:

Inclusion

Evie, a young girl from London, used to feel very lonely due to being the only child in her school needing a wheelchair. This all changed when her mom founded the “Wheelie Gang”, a project for children in wheelchairs. Worth watching!

Diversity

Very interesting article on how to get more white men interested in D&I topics. Some might feel attacked, others don’t feel wanted or needed – so what can companies do to make sure they are being included?

Diverse Representation

There is very little black representation in mainstream animation projects, but Sony Pictures Animation released “Hair Love” a very sweet short movie about an African American dad learning how to style his daughter’s hair. Worth watching! (And in the meantime, the movie won an Oscar!)

Inclusion

Last year Nike released “Birthplace of dreams”, a film celebrating the life and achievements of the South African athlete Caster Semenya. Caster has faced a lot of challenges in the past years with critics saying that her condition, hyperandrogenism, is giving her an unfair advantage.

Inclusion

Very interesting HBR article about mentoring. Most companies use mentoring programs, but to make sure that women and minorities are fully included, a company-wide mentoring culture could be much more beneficial.

Bias

Do you think the Halo Effect has affected your perception in the past? Have you ever experienced In-Group Favouritism? Most likely yes, and if you would like to know more, here is a very good overview of 50 very common cognitive biases.

Women Empowerment

Ahead of IWD 2020, Secret Deodorant (Procter & Gamble) launched the campaignNot The First”, featuring Serena Williams and Swin Cash. Please watch!

Diversity

McKinsey recently released their latest report, called “Diversity wins: How inclusion matters”. Similar to their 2015 report, they found that companies with greater gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to be profitable than their counterparts. Interesting is also their findings on inclusion, and how important it is for companies to not just focus on diverse representation, but actively drive inclusion.

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