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Newsletter Week 23

July 3, 2019

This week:

  • Women are less likely to aspire to CEO and more likely to avoid risk. Is that a confidence gap, or seeing reality for what it is?
  • Structural change is what’s going to make workplaces more equal. But personal actions also matter. Some tips from HBR.
  • These guidelines for writing about people with disabilities from a journalistic perspective are useful for anyone communicating about D&I.
  • Is diversity in tech a red herring? Contrarian analysis from Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost.

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Today in D&I In Practice
Are Women Risk-Averse? Yes. And They Should Be. (D&I Original/Subscribers Only)
Women are often told they need to be more ambitious and confident. But maybe they are seeing the work world for what it is: a place that judges women more harshly for failure. 

More in News and Research
1. How to Reduce Personal Bias When Hiring (Harvard Business Review)
Some practical, executive-friendly tips for interrupting your own bias during the hiring process, including writing candidate assessments individually before sharing, “flipping” the gender (race, national origin, etc.) of the candidate in your mind, and creating a personal learning plan.


2. 4 Key Tips for Reporting on and Writing About People with Disabilities (Journalist’s Resource)
The site, created by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, focuses on journalists. But the insights are useful for anyone talking and writing about diversity. Also check out their tips on writing about Islam in Americaand their guide to literature reviews and meta-analyses as reporting tools.


3. The Problem with Diversity in Computing (The Atlantic)
You can always count on Ian Bogost to be contrarian. His argument: diversity initiatives are all well and good, but the biggest culture gap in tech is between the elite, tribal cultures of tech employees and...well, everyone else. From the article:

“Computing professionals constitute a “tribe,” separated from the general public not primarily by virtue of their race, gender, or nationality, but by the exclusive culture of computing education and industry. That culture replaces all knowledge and interests with the pursuit of technological solutions at maximum speed.”


We’re Also Reading...
These articles aren’t necessarily directly connected to the workplace, but have interesting insights about diversity and inclusion in society at large.

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