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Syracuse University has hired Salatha T. Willis as the associate athletic director for diversity, culture and climate. (Photo by: Debra Millet/Shutterstock)

News Roundup: TV Diversity, Syracuse Hire, and Segregated Training

Check out our news roundup of diversity and inclusion updates and insights from across the U.S.:

Syracuse University Creates Athletics Diversity Position 

While most colleges and universities around the county are making COVID-19-related cuts in regard to their athletic departments, Syracuse University has hired Salatha T. Willis as the associate athletic director for diversity, culture, and climate to make the athletic department more inclusive, the Washington Post reported.

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NBCUniversal Sets Diversity Goals

Cesar Conde, chairman at NBCUniversal News Group, announced the company’s goal to have 50% women and 50% total nonwhite employees. There is no deadline to reach that goal but there will be a yearly report on progress, according to Deadline.  NBCUniversal ranks No. 7 on DiversityInc’s 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List.

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Air Force Diversity Task Force Makes Headway

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which started work on June 9, has increased ROTC scholarship opportunities for people of color, the Air Force reported. It has also changed regulations on dress and appearance, such as lengthening shaving waivers typically used by Black men, and produced a video on unconscious bias.

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Binghamton University’s First VP for Diversity Starts Work

Karen A. Jones is the new vice president for diversity at Binghamton University after working for 30 years in other higher education and corporate diversity positions, the New York institution announced.

“I know that this position is one of limelight, but my role is not to focus on me. It’s what am I doing to help position the institution to be viewed as an institution that continues to value diversity and is well-respected for continued work to address diversity. Nothing is broken here, but how do we mend and further position the work that’s being done,” Jones said in the news release.

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Seattle Faces Backlash for Segregated Diversity Training

The city of Seattle’s diversity training session, called Internalized Racial Superiority, created an uproar when internal emails were released showing that there was one for white people and one for people of color, held at separate times and places in June. The mayor’s office said that it was “race-based caucusing,” KOMO News reported.

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