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Newsletter Week 19

June 4, 2019

This week: 

  • Eid Mubarak! A guide to the Muslim festival starting today in many places around the world.

  • Five commitments to make for gender equality in the workplace.

  • Many autistic people like the term neurodiversity, but some argue it does not fully represent their experience.

  • Peppa Pig gets a new friend who happens to be in a wheelchair.

Today in D&I In Practice

This week, I am preparing a set of resources on Inclusive Recruiting for the Greenhouse OPEN conference, so no original article. Next week, look for a handy, evidence-based Inclusive Recruiting checklist that you can share with your recruiting teams, as well as a thought piece on the importance of boundaries in mentoring relationships. In the meantime, check out the best of this week’s D&I news below.

This Week In News and Research

1. Eid Al-Fitr 2019: Everything You Need to Know (Al Jazeera)

Today is the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in many places around the world (a few celebrated yesterday and some will celebrate tomorrow). Check out this article for an overview of traditions associated with this important festival. 

2. The Pact (Quartz)

Quartz has partnered with Harvard Business School’s Gender Initiative, the James Beard Foundation and Arjuna Capital on a set of five commitments companies can make to advance gender equality. It’s nowhere near comprehensive, of course, but the materials are research-based, well-produced and don’t overwhelm the reader.

3. The Concept of Neurodiversity is Dividing the Autism Community (Scientific American blog)

Again with the overly-sensational titles! This article unpacks the term “neurodiversity,” which was originally used as a respectful way to frame autism as a difference, not a disability or a medical problem to be treated. But some autistic people (and their caregivers) think the traditional medical model best represents their condition and helps them get the support they need.

4. Peppa Pig Introduces Mandy Mouse, A New Character with a Disability (TheMighty)

The popular British TV show introduces a new friend...who happens to be in a wheelchair. Now please, get the theme song out of my head!

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. 

Where are the Women in the Top IPOs of 2019? (Quartz)

Female Voice Assistants Fuel Damaging Gender Stereotypes, Says UN Study (MIT Technology Review)

7 in 10 LGBT Employees in Britain Have Experienced Harassment at Work (Euronews)

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