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A Progressive Journey: An Inside Look At How Meta Is On A Mission To Advance Equity And Create A Diverse Work Culture

For decades, America has dealt with the horror of systems that plague the progression of certain groups. No matter the issue, there has been little shortage in the struggle to fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across a spectrum of sectors. Like any system riddled with backward thinking, the people impacted the most grow tired of the struggle and gain the strength to fight for what is owed to them. From slave revolts to the Civil Rights Movement to Women’s suffrage to the Stonewall Uprising — when people have had enough, they come together to demand change. Although the systemic oppressive nature of America has not been alleviated, the work of those who fight to dismantle said systems has caught the attention of certain politicians, policymakers, and companies. While some are just catching on, many have been side by side in the fight, creating space for equality to ring free. Although Meta doesn’t claim to get it all right, the tech giant is working to create a culture...

Aug 22, 2022

Only 1.9 percent Of Orthopedic Surgeons Identify As Black, Here's How Baylor's Dr. Nwannunu Aims To Change That

Dr. Brian Nwannunu, an adult-reconstruction fellow in orthopedics at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes more than just in the musculoskeletal system; he’s working to diversify the orthopedic surgery industry. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that as of 2018, 84.7 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as white, 6.7 percent identify as Asian, and 2.2 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. This lack of diversity intensifies since only 1.9 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as Black, and less than one percent are Native American. There isn’t just a lack of diversity in the orthopedic industry; there’s a lack of acceptance that Black people can work in this medical field. “A few of my rotations, the general culture, and the underlying message was, ‘We don’t want anyone that doesn’t look like us,'” Nwannunu, who is a first-generation Nigerian American, told the Houston Chronicle in an interview . “They don’t feel like they can relate to you. They would...

Aug 13, 2021

Black Employees Leaving Slack At Alarming Rates Forces The Company To Address Diversity Issues

If there is one thing that we’ve learned in this past year, it’s that Black employees will not continue working at companies that don’t value them. Slack is learning this the hard way after recently sharing some of its diversity insights in an annual report. The company has 2,527 global employees, 516 of which were hired last year alone. Only 4.5 percent of Slack’s employees are Black, while 53.1 percent are white and 28.3 percent are Asian. The company said in the report that it has seen an “overall decline in underrepresented minorities,” which isn’t good since Slack continues to expand its team year over year. This report ultimately shows that Slack is lacking severely with its diversity and inclusion efforts, despite executives saying they want to implement change. “While we know we haven’t—and won’t—always get it right on the first try, we’re committed to listening to our employees, meeting them where they are with tools, resources and support that are most resonant for them,...

May 4, 2021

It Could Take 95 Years for Black Workers in the Private Sector to Reach 12% Representation in Leadership Roles, Study Finds

On the current trajectory, it would take roughly 95 years for Black professionals working in the national private sector to reach 12 percent representation in management roles, a new report finds. McKinsey & Company published this finding amongst others in its inaugural Race in the Workplace: The Black Experience report. The new report studies Black professionals working in the U.S. private sector, diversity, equity and inclusion programs and what economic success looks like. Walmart, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, PolicyLink and the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility collaborated to conduct research on 24 national companies, which represent 3.7 million employees. Monne Williams, Atlanta partner at McKinsey & Company and co-author of the new report, told AfroTech that McKinsey invited a number of companies and they had to opt-in to participate. This initial report focuses on large employees with good industry representation, she said. “We looked at current representation...

Mar 5, 2021

Netflix Pledges $100M to Improving Film Diversity Following Equity Study

Streaming giant Netflix has made enormous strides in promoting more diverse content through avenues like Strong Black Lead, Netflix African Originals, and more. However, a diversity study commissioned by the company revealed there’s still much work to be done to offer more representation in TV and film. CNBC reports that this past Friday, Netflix unveiled a first-of-its-kind diversity study — led by founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Dr. Stacy L. Smith — to breakdown the makeup of Netflix’s on-screen talent, as well as the people behind-the-camera such as creators, producers, writers and directors. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative — the leading think tank in the world studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through research — regularly produces these in-depth reports on diversity in film and television in the industry. Within this recent study, Dr. Smith and her team examined all of the films and series Netflix commissioned between the...

Mar 1, 2021

Report Reveals 67 Percent of BIPOC Employees in Tech Have a D&I Team, Yet Still Aren't Supported

One in three BIPOC tech employees feel discriminated against by their employers, a new report finds. While a third of minority tech workers aren’t feeling comfortable at work, 67% of them said their company has a diversity and inclusion team that’s supposed to be focused on making sure they feel welcomed and supported, according to information provided to AfroTech. These findings were published by global data and market research company Savanta. Lead researchers Sadia Corey and Daniel Garcia wanted to publish this report after the civil unrest that swept the nation last year. “We really felt like after the movement from the summer, George Floyd’s death and some of the protests that were happening, we wanted to keep the conversation going and bring some statistics to some feelings and sentiments that we already know about in the U.S. workplace,” Corey told AfroTech. As part of Savanta’s Black Lives Matter: Everywhere, Amplifying the voices of minorities in the workplace report, there...

Feb 5, 2021

[WATCH] Netflix Shares Its First-Ever Inclusion Report in New Short Film

Don’t talk about it, be about it! In the first-ever report of its kind, Netflix addresses inclusion within the company which they say in turn allows for a more inclusive platform for audiences. “Our work is internal first, it shows up in what we do externally,” said Vernā Myers, Netflix’s Vice President of Inclusion Strategy, in a short film that the company has released to showcase their findings. “If we’re creating the kinds of environments and policies and practices that not only invite people in but when they get in, they feel that there’s a level of investment in them, then we are going to see a real shift in our company and in the industries that surround us.” Inclusion was added as a cultural value for the company in 2017 and Netflix reveals they “weren’t as great as we thought we were or aspired to be.” In the short film, titled, “Sowing Seeds: Inclusion Takes Root At Netflix,” the company shares their latest strategies on diversity and inclusion not just in the consumer...

Jan 13, 2021

Majority Action, SEIU Release First-Ever Report on Asset Manager's Voting Power Over Corporate Action & Racial Injustice

The 2020 summer of racial reckoning evoked a massive wave of corporate statements acknowledging the global issue of systemic racism and their social responsibility to hold themselves accountable for it. In addition to these corporate companies, asset managers — whose job it is to manage the retirement savings of millions of Black and brown workers — also hold a weighted responsibility to assist in removing systemic racism from our economic system. Today, nonprofit org Majority Action and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released Equity in the Boardroom — the first-ever comprehensive report to reveal how “business as usual” proxy voting from asset managers has shaped the nature of corporate action as it relates to racial justice in 2020. NEW REPORT with @SEIU : @BlackRock and @Vanguard_Group voted to undermine shareholder efforts for racial equity, despite public statements in support of racial justice. More: —...

Dec 15, 2020

A Look at Google's Latest Diversity Report

The consequences of the lack of diversity in tech can be severe. From algorithms that mistake Black people for gorillas to AI that can’t recognize dark-skinned women , tech has shown it needs to get it together and make their companies more representative of the world they operate in. Recently, Google released its fifth Diversity Annual Report . Although the tech numbers aren’t amazing, it shows some improvements over the past few years. To start, Google found its attrition rate — referring to how many employees leave a company annually — improved for almost every demographic. In general, Google saw improved attrition rates for employees of color in the United States, although that didn’t hold true for Native American employees. The greatest improvements happened with Black employees, mostly with Black men in both tech and non-tech roles.  The company also found that women are less likely to leave Google, and it’s a pattern that’s even stronger among women in tech roles. However,...

Apr 4, 2019

Pinterest Revamps Searches For Beauty Products To Include Skin Tones

It’s no secret that there’s a lack of diversity in the beauty industry. Black and brown women have struggled to find representation in the products they’re using. Some brands are working fill this gap by creating products that cater to a more diverse customer base and finding ways to help them find resources and products that match their needs. Pinterest wants to be part of the shift that’s happening in the beauty industry. Today, the tech giant announced that it’s revamped it’s search feature for mobile to include skin tones. “You hear people talk about bringing together humans and machine learning to create balanced technology, but it’s so important that those people are diverse and can represent a range of people,” a spokeswoman for Pinterest said. The company began offering customizable beauty searches on the web in April using artificial intelligence from ModiFace, a company that specializes in AI and machine learning for the beauty industry. The company developed an algorithm...

Jan 24, 2019