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Behind Silicon Valley’s self-critical tone on diversity, a lack of progress… by @MikeIsaac

Behind Silicon Valley’s self-critical tone on diversity, a lack of progress @ The New York Times.

It is as if these large tech companies are all reading from the same public relations playbook, delivering slight variations on the same self-effacing message. But while they all seem to acknowledge that there is much improvement to be made, the repetition of the statements like Facebook’s last week provide a reminder that there has been little progress so far.

…“If these companies can create self-driving cars and bring Internet to the entire world, it’s not that hard to hire more than one black woman per year,” said Catherine Bracy, director of community organizing at Code for America, a nonprofit that promotes the use of technology and design in the public sector.

“It’s not enough to say you care about it,” Ms. Bracy said. “You have to know and clearly state your goals. You have to truly invest in it.”

It’s would be good to the tech companies set a specific goal and metrics for success, measuring something, usually improves it, goals are good.

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Related
Catalyst research “Why Diversity Matters” (PDF)
Tech jobs: Minorities have degrees, but don’t get hired
Few minorities in non-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, USA TODAY finds


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