Inclusion in the News

Inclusion, Civility, and Acceptance in the Popular Press

Politics & Society

  • What is an inclusion rider? How a movement in Hollywood is creating awareness about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the film industry, and what individuals in power can do to make a difference.
  • In an October 2017 article in The New Yorker, staff writer Kelefa Sanneh discusses how an exclusive emphasis on diversity, without considering other concepts such as inclusion, can be problematic.
  • Bret Stephens, an American journalist and political commentator, discusses issues of polarization and disagreement in the United States. See his lecture, re-printed in the New York Times, here.
  • Is American society experiencing a trend toward toxic arrogance? Michael Patrick Lynch, a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, discusses how technology, psychology, and ideology contribute to a climate of ignorance and arrogance over humility. See the full article here.

Stereotypes & Underrepresentation

  • An internal memo ("Google's Ideological Echo Chamber") by a software engineer at Google went viral in the summer of 2017, due mainly to claims by the author that female employees are underrepresented in the workplace because of intrinsic differences between men and women. This article reviews the memo and includes a response by Google's Vice President of Diversity, Integrity, & Governance. Similarly, this article reviews gender disparities across STEM fields.
  • Neal Conan hosts an NPR segment with guest Claude Steele, a social psychologist who speaks on stereotype threat and how to reshape stereotype-based expectations. Access the audio and transcript here.
  • USA Today published an article on sexism in Silicon Valley, touching on issues of sexual harassment and underrepresentation of women in investing and other roles among technological start-ups.

Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, publishes a "manifesto" outlining the role that technology--and Facebook, specifically--has in fostering communities and inclusive spaces. See the full text and commentary here.
  • Want to increase workplace retention and morale? The Wall Street Journal covers civility in the workplace: "One of the ways that civility enhances a team’s performance is by increasing psychological safety—the feeling that the team environment is a trusting, respectful place to take risks."
  • What are the four levers that drive inclusion within a diverse organization? New research published by the Harvard Business review shows that a recipe for workplace diversity requires certain ingredients to be done right. See them here

College Campuses

  • Can or should safe spaces be diverse? Tensions between the promotion of safe spaces (e.g., college campus centers for marginalized groups) and diversity are discussed in this article.
  • Chad Wellmon, Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Virginia and author of Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University, shares his perspective on the Charlottesville marches that took place in August 2017. See the article here. Another articles about this incident can be found here (Chronicle)

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