Month: May 2016

North Carolina Finds New Enemy in LGBT War

A month ago, Bank of America – North Carolina’s largest employer – joined companies like Facebook and Paypal in condemning House Bill 2 (HB2) which is now widely known as the state’s “bathroom bill.” The bill eliminated anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and in effect legislated that transgender people who cannot alter their birth certificate are barred from using restrooms that coincide with their gender identity. The bill also went further than most in prohibiting North Carolina cities from enacting their own anti-discrimination laws making it to many the most anti-LGBT in the nation. The ethical impact is obvious...

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#ReigningIt

Women’s Empowerment: The Path to Diversity in STEM Over 50% of working professionals, the people on Facebook, the people on Twitter, are women. Women are the highest consumers of online products, and we need more women represented in the workplace to design features and interfaces. This is a challenge that Saqi Mehta and Angela Cleveland are passionate in helping confront. Angela Cleveland’s first exposure to tech came in a high school typing class while living in north Jersey. It was appropriate, then, that as a teacher & counselor in New Jersey, she worked on the cutting edge of tech...

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An Employee Driven Paradigm

There are  many types of systems of thinking in today’s organizations, and as new generations start entering the market place, leaders need to be aware of the strategies they’ll need to succeed, especially when dealing with millennials (those born between 1980-2000) and their expectations of the work environment.  According to Dr. Gareth R Jones, a professor of Management at Texas A&M, organizations have to stay abreast of change and innovation if they want to survive in this ever changing business world. Following is an introduction of the employee-driven paradigm, its relation to millenials, and how this new paradigm is going...

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Google Proposes Female STEM Emojis

We’ve come to recognize how our unconscious biases make the effort of diversifying America’s STEM workforce so much more difficult. These biases our present everywhere, even filtering down into the ways we communicate in the modern world. A group of Google employees recognized this fact, citing an opinion piece from Amy Butcher at the New York Times, “Emoji Feminism”:     Where, I wanted to know, was the fierce professor working her way to tenure? Where was the lawyer? The accountant? The surgeon? How was there space for both a bento box and a single fried coconut shrimp, and...

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The Ability in Tech Summit

Exploring innovative solutions to tech inclusion for people with visible and invisible disabilities.   Alex Tabony, Executive Director of the Computer Technologies Program (CTP), along with his CTP colleagues attended the Change Catalyst created Tech Inclusion 2015 conference in San Francisco and it provoked a conversation about how diversity and inclusion events can sometimes unintentionally focus primarily on race and gender identity. The event showed CTP that there is a strong commitment within the tech industry to increase workforce diversity and how the sharing of knowledge and best practices can lead to improved results. By spotlighting the undertapped talent...

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