Friday, September 22, 2017

How racism affects people, families and communities of color - AMSTERDAM NEWS

by Rosa Riley 
Originally published: September 21, 2017

The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity—inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice system, housing and education.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, wrote an article titled “The Case for Reparations” that addressed all the ways in which the ideals of slavery and racism have endured in the United States through policy created by the U.S. government. There now exists a prime opportunity for our country to make amends.

The most important thing that the article did was to explain how we got to where we are today—how we moved into segregated neighborhoods, why children of color now go to schools with fewer resources and how our communities were built on inequity.

It’s Time Society Stopped Portraying Millennials As The “Lazy” Or “Entitled” Generation - GIRLTALKHQ

by Debbie Wooldridge
Originally published: September 21, 2017

 Last year, I conducted an on-the-street poll to uncover whether people’s opinions about Millennials in the workplace had changed any, now that they have been an active part of the workplace for several years. Unbelievably, responses from all non-Millennials still labeled them as “selfish, “entitled” (the most common response), “lazy,” “addicted to technology,” “want instant gratification,” “no work ethic,” “no respect for authority” and “impatient.”

The Millennials I interviewed know exactly the value they bring and provided responses like: “fun,” “go-getters” and “innovative.”

Our oldest Millennials are now 35 and have been in the workforce for more than 15 years and yet are still misunderstood and maligned. Millennials, you still have a huge mountain to climb to overcome the stereotypes. How do you do it? Simple—dispel the myths and demonstrate the realities.

BlackRock CEO Fink: I Am Committed to Gender Diversity - NEWSMAX

by Varina And Jay Patel
Originally published:  September 21, 2017

BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Larry Fink said the largest asset manager must mirror its customers in terms of gender, comments that come as the company has become more vocal about shareholder and activist efforts to boost workplace diversity.

"The reality is in the world more than 50 percent of household wealth is managed by women," said Fink, who spoke at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York.

"And so if I'm going to be a mirror of my clients, we are going to need more women in our firm."

8 Ways Generation Z Will Differ From Millennials In The Workplace - FORBES

by Deep Patel 
Originally published: September 21, 2017

Generation Z is comprised of those born between 1995 and 2010, which means that the oldest are about 22 and are just entering the workforce.

The media has focused a lot on millennials in recent years, but it’s time to turn some of the attention to the millennials’ future co-workers. Gen Zers have a lot in common with millennials, but there are also many ways in which the two generations differ.

1. Gen Z Is Motivated By Security

These young people were still kids during the Great Recession, which means that they may have seen their parents take huge financial hits. A significant portion of their lives may have been defined by struggles related to that.  

Helping immigrants feel at home - BC LOCAL NEWS

Originally published: September 20, 2017

UBC researchers have determined that efforts to make immigrants feel welcome in small, rural towns often miss the mark—despite the good intentions.

Associate professor Susana Caxaj, along with undergraduate student Navjot Gill, recently published research examining the well-being of rural immigrants and whether they feel connected to their adopted communities. Caxaj says a sense of belonging, or a lack of one, can impact the mental health and well-being among immigrant residents—the same residents who may not use available mental health services.

According to the last Canadian census, immigrants and refugees make up 20 per cent of Canada's population. Caxaj, who teaches in UBC Okanagan's School of Nursing, says while many immigrants move to urban communities, these populations in small towns are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing mental health services.

'Star Trek: Discovery' Embarks on Voyage of Diversity and Tolerance - NBC CHICAGO

by Frazier Moore
Originally published: September 19, 2017

The original "Star Trek" was born into a world of hurt. The United States was embroiled in a war that wouldn't end. The president was increasingly embattled. Americans were polarized.

Now, a half-century later, "Star Trek: Discovery" lands in a nation that seems no less burdened, while the new show's mission is unchanged from the series that spawned it: to enter the future with hope and face the present with courage. It is an upbeat tone as much as a taste for adventure that has propelled the "Star Trek" franchise through so many TV and film iterations. Now comes the eagerly awaited "Star Trek: Discovery," which premieres on CBS on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. After the broadcast premiere, the series launches Sunday night on the CBS All Access subscription streaming channel, the exclusive home for the rest of the series.

"Even though this first season is set against the backdrop of a Klingon-Federation conflict, it's really about finding the Starfleet way to get OUT of the conflict," says Gretchen J. Berg, an executive producer and co-showrunner with Aaron Harberts. "How do you end the war and still maintain the ideals the Starfleet confederacy is all about? To that end, there will be hope, there will be optimism, there will be people trying to be the best version of themselves, which is something I think we really need to be focused on in this day and age."

This Ad Agency Has Launched A Collaborative Plan To Make The Creative Class More Diverse - FASTCOMPANY

by Jeff Beer 
Originally published: September 21, 2017

The issues of racial and gender diversity are faced by companies in every industry with increasing urgency. The advertising world is not unique in this respect. But because it is responsible for millions of messages and images that, like it or not, consciously and unconsciously help inform society’s view of itself, the need for diversity among its ranks becomes even more critical. Employment statistics aren’t encouraging. According to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, of the 582,000 people employed in advertising and communications in the U.S., less than half were women, 10.5% Hispanic, 6.6% were black, and 5.7% Asian.

The issue has long been the subject of conference panels, white papers, and other industry reports, but increasingly, more groups are taking direct action to enact real change. This week, the agency 72andSunny joins the fray with an intriguing approach, one that acts both as a playbook for other companies to follow, drawing on the agency’s own progress on these issues, and as a call for new ideas and collaboration to add more proven strategies to the playbook.

“The 72andSunny Playbook” aims to expand and diversify the creative class by covering everything from recruitment policy, to employee support and retention programs, all with the goal to attract and keep as diverse a talent pool as possible.