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People on the Move: Nichole Barnes Marshall, New Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Pinterest

Popular image-sharing and social media company Pinterest has announced that Nichole Barnes Marshall will be joining the organization as its new Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity. Marshall joins the San Francisco-based company, founded in 2009, with more than 20 years of experience in the DEI and recruitment fields. Prior…

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New Study Finds DEI Initiatives Work Better When Implemented in Groups

If you want to improve diversity, equity or inclusion within a company or organization, a new study conducted by the U.S. think tank Filene Research Institute suggests that you’ll have greater success by enacting a series of changes or programs versus attempting a single standalone initiative.  Anca Voinea of Co-operative…

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Google Investigated by the State of California Over the Company’s Treatment of Black Female Workers

In early 2021, we reported on a series of race-based issues affecting tech giant Google — including pay discrimination, potentially racist firings and even the creation of a new union designed to help protect employee rights. But even with a year’s worth of efforts within the company, it appears things…

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Pinterest Enacting New Company-Wide DEI Initiatives Following Gender and Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Following a lawsuit led by the General Treasurer of Rhode Island, social media company Pinterest has announced that it will be enacting a series of new diversity, equity and inclusion workplace reforms to settle a recent lawsuit against them. Patrick Anderson of The Providence Journal reported that “the reforms are…

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NASA Astronaut Jessica Watkins Will Become the First Black Woman To Board the International Space Station

Jessica Watkins is set to make history next year. When NASA’s Crew-4 mission launches in 2022, she will become one of a handful of Black astronauts ever to circle the planet and the first Black woman ever to join the International Space Station crew to live and work onboard the…

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Facebook Forced To Pay a Record $14-Million Settlement for Discriminating Against US Workers

October continues to be a month Facebook likely wishes it could forget. First came Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who explained in chilling detail how the site and its algorithms are designed to profit off what she called “the spread and amplification of hate, misinformation and political unrest.” Then there was…

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NAACP Demands Meeting With Facebook Over Ongoing Prevalence of Hate Speech on the Social Media Platform

Facebook is again under fire for providing an unchecked platform for white supremacists and other hate groups to spread their vile messages. The Hill’s Cameron Jenkins reported that “the NAACP is reportedly calling for a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, citing [ongoing] concerns of hate speech on the social…

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Video Game Streaming Platform Twitch Bans Anonymous Users Known for Hitting Black and LGBTQ Streamers with ‘Hate Raids’

Streaming service Twitch is known for providing livestream feeds of video games and esports competitions. But it also has a dark underbelly in which some users seek out and target minority users with racist and homophobic attacks. Fortunately, the service has decided this type of behavior cannot stand and has…

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Big Tech Pledged Millions to Black Lives Matter, but Still Have Woeful Diversity and Inclusion Numbers, New Report Finds

According to a new report by data analytics company Blendoor, it’s apparently easier, or sufficient, for some giant tech companies to donate millions of dollars to causes like Black Lives Matter than it is to actually promote change by increasing diversity numbers within their own workforce. Meredith Somers of MIT…