Slate: When Learning Pods Came to Greenbrier Elementary

Slate: When Learning Pods Came to Greenbrier Elementary. “The playground at Greenbrier Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia, probably looks a lot like the playground at your child’s elementary school, the one she hasn’t been back to since March. There are pale beige slides and walkways and bridges and four swings. It’s here that this story begins and it’s here that this story will—hopefully, someday—end.”

Stanford University: New Online Exhibits from the Medical History Center

Stanford University: New Online Exhibits from the Medical History Center. “Adelaide Brown was one of the first women to graduate from the school. Iga Mori was one of the school’s first Asian graduates. Both of them went on to careers in medicine and public health that demonstrate obstacles they faced as well as their resilience and activism.”

MIT Technology Review: AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes

MIT Technology Review: AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes. “International organizations and corporations are racing to develop global guidelines for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Declarations, manifestos, and recommendations are flooding the internet. But these efforts will be futile if they fail to account for the cultural and regional contexts in which AI operates.”

Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston (BU Today)

BU Today: Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston. “Other news-you-can-use features on the site include a Curated, Crowdsourced, Cultural Guide to Boston, which proves, among other things, that you can’t accuse [Boston University’s Diversity & Inclusion office] of rejecting advice. About 45,000 BU students and employees were consulted in assembling this catalog of 250-and-growing items from ethnic restaurants, houses of worship, and cultural outlets to activist groups confronting racism and LGBTQIA prejudice. Oh, and landmarks like the Arnold Arboretum.”

Lifestyle Asia: Pinterest embraces greater inclusivity with its new beauty search feature

Lifestyle Asia: Pinterest embraces greater inclusivity with its new beauty search feature. “Users seeking beauty inspiration on the social media platform can now filter search results by skin tone to find content more relevant to them. Social media users often head to Pinterest for beauty ideas and how-tos, but the sheer volume of results on the site can be overwhelming, making it hard to find tutorials, inspiration and pins that work for their skin tone. Pinterest launched a new search-filtering feature in the US in 2018, and it’s now rolling out in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.”

Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color

New-to-me, from Orange County Register: How LA-based comics artist MariNaomi created Cartoonists of Color. “The six-year-old database, maintained by Los Angeles-based comics creator MariNaomi, features a wide range of artists and writers based everywhere from the United States to Chile and Australia. The work on display ranges from slice-of-life to fantasy to historical fiction. All of the 1400+ people listed in the database identify as people of color. It’s a testament not just to the diversity of subject matter in comics, but to the diversity of those making them.”

The Verge: How the world’s biggest general science society is tackling racism

The Verge: How the world’s biggest general science society is tackling racism. “The world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society has decided to take on systemic racism. The move by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the esteemed Science journals, comes after Black scientists came forward to protest racism within academia and the sciences, and organized a strike on June 10th, that AAAS joined. In a letter to its 120,000 members this month, AAAS CEO Sudip Parikh announced that the 172-year-old institution has come up with a plan to hold itself accountable for making itself and the sciences more diverse.”

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM. “The online resource features photos and videos of more than 125 female STEM change-makers selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies to be IF/THEN ambassadors. The diverse group of women, who represent a range of backgrounds, will serve as role models for young women interested in the sciences and technology.”

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?. “Decades of research have shown that diverse organizations are more engaged and able to develop creative solutions to problems. The more diverse voices in the room, the more likely meaningful innovation will happen. But diversity is not the same as inclusion. Not everyone attending a meeting feels empowered to share their best ideas or offer opinions they feel the group may not want to hear. Can virtual meetings level the playing field? Not usually.”

CNET: Google says it will increase diversity in leadership 30 percent by 2025

CNET: Google says it will increase diversity in leadership 30 percent by 2025. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday said the search giant will add more black employees, as well as employees from other ‘underrepresented groups,’ to its leadership ranks. The company vowed a 30% improvement over the next five years.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s chief diversity officer will now report directly to Sheryl Sandberg

TechCrunch: Facebook’s chief diversity officer will now report directly to Sheryl Sandberg. “Amid a heavier focus on race, diversity and inclusion in light of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, Facebook is making its chief diversity officer, Maxine Williams, report directly to COO Sheryl Sandberg, Sandberg wrote in a memo to Facebook employees [June 11]. Before, Williams reported to VP of Human Resources Janelle Gale.”

NBC News: Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs

NBC News: Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs. “Since 2018, internal diversity and inclusion training programs have been scaled back or cut entirely, four Google employees and two people who recently left the company told NBC News in interviews. In addition, they said, the team responsible for those programs has been reduced in size, and positions previously held by full-time employees have been outsourced or not refilled after members of the diversity teams left the company.”

Mashable: Facebook releases tips for group mods on how to be more inclusive

Mashable: Facebook releases tips for group mods on how to be more inclusive. “Facebook has been heavily criticized for how it handles racism, both on the platform and within company walls. Perhaps in an effort to course correct, the company released the blog post Navigating Your Community Through Race and Social Issues on Friday with tips for group moderators. (Zuckerberg also released an open letter where he said black lives matter).”

DigitalArts: Find beautiful, free illustrations of black people on this new website

DigitalArts: Find beautiful, free illustrations of black people on this new website. “Coming to fill a longtime gap in the market is Black Illustrations, a series of free digital designs of black people as released this week by Miami-based agency 5Four. As their mission statement reminds, people of colour are often underrepresented in illustrations, lacking in the design process and often go unseen in visuals across the internet. 5Four saw the lack of diversity as an opportunity to create a free resource for everyone, a way to add diversity to online content by showcasing black people and people of colour in a myriad of tasks, including medical work.”