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Study: Workplace diversity can help the bottom line
MIT News
Gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT researcher — but it may also reduce satisfaction among employees. “Having a more diverse set of employees means you have a more diverse set of skills,” says Sara Ellison, an MIT economist, which “could result in an office that functions better.” At the same time, individual employees may prefer less diverse settings. The study, analyzing a large white-collar U.S. firm, examined how much “social capital” offices build up in the form of things like cooperation, trust and enjoyment of the workplace.
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The beauty of chemical reactions captured in macro with a Panasonic GH4
PetaPixel
Beautiful Chemistry is a collaborative project that strives to bring the beauty of chemistry to the masses by using macro photography to capture chemical reactions as they happen. Shot in 4K using Panasonic’s GH4, these videos and stills bring to life a wondrous world invisible to the naked eye.
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A culture of inclusiveness: Diversity matters in medical education
By Jonathan Ryan Batson
In the world of medicine, many on various committees and boards still believe diversity is not an issue. They think that a few seats at the table means that somehow we have all arrived and that the system is equal. That view is not only morally profane, but also incompetent. It shows the lack of interest to go further and increase both physical bodies for diversity as well as the the cultural dynamics of diversity in their student body and full-time faculty. A diverse education is needed to improve cultural competency and social awareness of the communities that many hope to serve.
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HBCUs must be up for the challenge
Diverse
Recent incidents, including the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, highlight the economic, political and social obstacles Black males encounter on and off college campuses. Currently, 10.7 percent of Blacks males over the age of 20 are unemployed in comparison to 4.6 percent of White males, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics (2013), White males (37.1 percent) are more than twice as likely to graduate from college within four years compared to Black males (15.6 percent).
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9 mindfulness hacks to help you succeed
Forbes
Many of us are drawn to the peace and happiness promised by a life of mindfulness, but we often abandon it in our daily lives because practicing mindfulness can seem at odds with our desire to succeed. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are nine simple ways that incorporating mindfulness into your busy work life can actually help you succeed.
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How we solve the tech industry's gender gap
Re/code
We all know the tech industry has a diversity problem. Far bleaker is the lack of diversity, specifically among the industry’s technical workforce. Data clearly shows that tech companies do a worse job retaining (or promoting) female employees. The industry, as a whole, can clearly improve. But data also suggests the biggest reason for a lack of diversity in tech isn’t discrimination in hiring or retention. It’s the education pipeline.
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HBCUs awarded funds to promote LGBTQ inclusion
Diverse
Four HBCUs, with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and Promised Land Films, are working to ramp up their LGBTQ inclusion efforts, just ahead of National Coming Out Week. Alabama State University, Spelman College, Johnson C. Smith University and Tennessee State University were recently awarded $4,000 grants for on-campus screenings of “The New Black,” a new film that examines the role of race, faith, justice and identity in the lives of politically powerful Marylanders leading into the 2013 election — which included a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
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New report displays disparities African-American girls face in school
New Pittsburgh Courier
It’s been six decades since the seminal Brown v. Board of Education court case that integrated public schools across the country, but current research shows that African-American girls still face major disparities in the classroom, which put them at a disadvantage. A report released Sept. 30 by the National Girls’ Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund shows that African-American girls are being disciplined at higher rates than White students. However, there is no evidence showing that Black girls misbehave any more than White girls, which researchers believe is related to racial and gender stereotypes.
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