Thursday, July 20, 2017

Plaque to honour first Black mailman - METRONEWS

by Gilbert Ngabo
Originally published:  July 19, 2017

The first time Albert Jackson walked into his workplace, all his new co-workers walked out.
It was May 12, 1882 and Jackson was the first Black person to be appointed as a letter carrier in Toronto, becoming one of the few people of colour to hold civil service position in 19th-century Canada.

"They were all white and they refused to work with him or to train him," said Heritage Toronto's historical plaques coordinator Camille Begin. "There was so much racism at that time."

It took the intervention of then-Prime Minister John A. Macdonald - who was courting Black voters in the upcoming election - for Jackson to start working, after nearly a month of heated debate over his appointment. He'd go on to work at the post office for 36 years.

Challenging the Wage Gap: Who can help improve gender equality in Canada?

by Dallas Flexhaug
Originally published: July 19, 2017

Dr. Rebecca Sullivan has dedicated her life’s work to pushing for equality. With women making just $0.87 for every $1 a man makes for the same work, the coordinator of the women’s studies program at the University of Calgary wants to see the wage gap in this country closed — for good.

“It is happening and there are people whose job it is to uncover how it’s happening and try and make it stop happening.”

When asked whose job it is, she replied:
“Well, it’s mine. It’s the job of researchers and teachers. It’s the job of politicians and policy-makers; but most importantly it’s the job of business leaders. If you are in a leadership position, if you are someone who is involved in the hiring and promoting and advancing and mentoring of employees — it’s your job.”

‘We’d like people to come and learn,’ says Indigenous Games organizer - THE SPEC

by Steve Milton 
Originally published: July 18, 2017

There are important take-aways that those involved at the organizational level want non-Indigenous people to draw from the North American Indigenous Games.

"We'd like more people come to our cultural festivals; to come and learn," says Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO of the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society.

"All participating teams were asked to bring cultural contingents here at a significant cost to them. That will showcase the diversity. Yukon, for instance, brought traditional dancers and drummers."

The symbol of NAIG is Team 88, referring to the 88th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, challenging all government levels to support NAIG, and sport in general, as a bridge to healing.

Media Partners Releases New Training Film on Workplace Bias, Diversity, Harassment, and Bullying - PR NEWSWIRE

Originally published:  July 18, 2017

Media Partners Corporation (MPC), a leading producer of premier people skills training films, today announced the release of "How Was Your Day? Getting Real about Bias, Diversity, Harassment and Bullying".  With increasing concerns about respect in the workplace, Media Partners' new program is especially relevant for businesses and their employees.

"We believe that in today's work environment, people skills are more important than ever before," said John Hansen, CEO of Media Partners. "We decided to confront four of the most serious, people-related issues in our first original production in five years.  It's a powerful film that tackles tough workplace challenges in a way that only Media Partners can – through great stories."

For transgender Texans, defeating 'bathroom bill' is about saving lives - DALLAS NEWS

by Michael A. Lindenberger 
Originally published:  July 19, 2017

When Texas lawmakers return to Austin today for the special session, they'll be fighting over the very lives of transgender teenagers and others in Texas, whether they're willing to admit it or not.

This isn't hyperbole, and it's not a secret.

Just ask Speaker Joe Straus, the conservative Republican who leads the lower chamber. "I won't have the suicide of a single Texan on my hands," he explained when asked why he opposed the Senate version of the bill so desperately sought by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Women and minorities shatter records as thousands take AP computer science exam - GEEK WIRE

Originally published: July 18, 2017

Diversity is not one of the tech industry’s strongest suits, but Seattle-based sees hints this could change in coming years: In 2017, a record number of women and underrepresented minorities took the Advanced Placement computer science exams.

The College Board, which runs the nationwide AP exam program, reported that the number of women taking computer science tests rose by 135 percent in just one year, while participation by underrepresented minorities was 170 percent higher.

“I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” said co-founder Hadi Partovi, recalling the first time he saw the data. “This is a problem I think our country has been grappling with, and to see such strong participation by women and minority students is great.”

Deloitte Thinks Diversity Groups Are Passé - BLOOMBERG

by Jeff Green
Originally published:  July 19, 2017

Megan Schumann doesn’t seem like a woman who’d be cheerleading the end of the female advocacy group at auditing and consulting firm Deloitte LLP. The San Francisco-based consultant attended an all-girls high school at her own request and founded a women’s business group when she went to Georgetown University. But 30-year-old Schumann, who’s worked at Deloitte since graduating eight years ago, says it’s time workplace affinity groups for women and minorities were replaced by so-called inclusion councils where white men hold important seats at the table.

“I am one of the more unlikely deserters from a women’s initiative,” she says. “But why go talk to a circle of people about something that feels like it’s tied to only one facet of your identity?”

With diversity progress stalling in parts of corporate America, Deloitte is beginning to shift away from traditional approaches built around gender, race, or sexual orientation and instead working to get a broader buy-in, particularly from white males. After 24 years, WIN, the women’s initiative at Deloitte, will end. Over the next 18 months the company will also phase out Globe, which supports gay employees, and groups focused solely on veterans or minority employees. In their place will be so-called inclusion councils that bring together a variety of viewpoints to work on diversity issues.