Diversity And Innovation

England banking

British Banking Industry Considers New Rules Tying Executive Bonuses to a Company’s Overall Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

While it’s not unusual for some U.S. executives to receive bonuses based on various diversity goals within an organization, regulators in the U.K. are looking into enacting a more formal and official program linking the two ideas together, making financial services more accountable for their hiring practices. Bloomberg’s Aoife Kearins…

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

11 Mayors Team Up To Launch New Local Reparations Efforts, Establish Framework for a National Reparations Program

Following an announcement in March that city officials in Evanston, Illinois would begin paying qualifying city residents up to $25,000 in reparations for use on property payments and home repair, and fresh off the government’s announcement of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, mayors in 11 additional U.S. cities have announced…

Penn State

Penn State University Bans Gendered, Binary Terms Such as ‘Freshman’ and ‘Upperclassman’

In a move to help support students of all gender identities feel more welcome and be more successful in their studies, officials at Penn State have announced that the school will remove gendered, binary terms such as “freshman” and “upperclassman” from across the university. The terms will be replaced with…

Kerby Jean-Raymond

First Black American Designer to Show Collection at Paris Couture Week 

When Kerby Jean-Raymond’s looks walk the fashion runway this July at Paris Couture Week, the designer will be making history, becoming the first-ever Black American designer to present a collection at the acclaimed event — often described at the absolute pinnacle of global high fashion. Kristen Rogers of CNN has…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

LA Mayor Proposes New Anti-Poverty Measure That Would Give Free Cash to Poor City Residents

The Public Policy Institute of California has estimated that more than 20% of people residing in Los Angeles live at or below the national poverty line, making less than $25,500 a year. But a new $24-million anti-poverty program proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti would give free cash to some individuals…

judge bans gay panic defense

Virginia Becomes 12th State in Country to Ban LGBTQ ‘Panic’ as a Defense in Assault and Murder Trials

“Gay panic” or “trans panic” is a common legal defense in many trials for violent crimes and murders where the perpetrator claims they were driven into a violent rage and temporarily went “insane” after discovering the sexuality or gender identity of the person they attacked, thereby allowing the assailant to…

Marijuana legal in new York

New York State Legalizes Marijuana Usage; Millions in Tax Revenue Will Be Used to Promote Racial Equity

Possessing up to three ounces of cannabis (or marijuana) is now legal in the state of New York. Luis Ferré-Sadurní of The New York Times has reported that “after years of stalled attempts, New York State has legalized the use of recreational marijuana, enacting a robust program that will reinvest…

Black girl computer coders

Video Game Association Commits $1 Million to Encourage Black Girls to Learn Coding

The Entertainment Software Association — the trade association of America’s video game industry — has announced they will be spending $1 million to help encourage young Black women to learn computer coding. The new initiative is a partnership with Black Girls Code (BGC), a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing…

‘Equality Can’t Wait’ Challenge

Finalists Announced for $40 Million ‘Equality Can’t Wait’ Challenge

The company Pivotal Ventures, which is funded through donations from Melinda Gates, MacKenzie Scott, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and others, has announced the finalists for its ”Equality Can’t Wait Challenge” — a project aimed at awarding $40 million to organizations that are helping to expand women’s power and…