World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders and heads of companies gather to discuss issues that affect global economy. This year’s theme is global warming. Although that might be a bit ironic considering that in the two weeks that the forum takes place, 1700 private jets carrying the attendees will go thru the small city. But one topic that surfaced on the agenda is the discussion about the causes of economic inequality. This inequality starts in the board rooms and executive offices. Just take the fact that there’re only 6 black CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies.
Read it here.
RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity. In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.
USA TODAY reports find that many police forces across the United States lack diversity. The findings show that Black and Latinos are widely underrepresented in police departments across the nation.
St. Petersburg, Fla., Police Chief Anthony Halloway discusses the importance of diversity in law enforcement.
“You’ve got to have a diverse police department, so you can hear what’s coming from the community.”
With police forces killing people of color, specifically Black men, every 28 hours, it is important to question how diversifying police departments will play a role in stopping these injustices. Check out the stats here.
As the racial diversity landscape continues to expand, the legal system will also need to keep up with these changes. The Oregon State Bar has created a “diversity wall” which maps out the last 100+ years with landmark events. It shows that we’ve made progress but at a time when the fairness and inclusiveness of the legal system has been questioned anew by events from Ferguson, Missouri, to New York City, it shows that we still have a long way to go. Click here to read more.
Recently, leading tech companies have been critiqued for their lack of diversity in the work place, causing Intel to commit to spending $300 million to increase workforce diversity by 2020. According to USA Today, Valleywag reported that major tech companies, such as Adobe, IBM, Qualcomm and Apple will not be giving employees the day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Does not observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday further show the lack of diversity efforts in the tech industry? Read more here.
As many studies and reports look at diversity within cities, they often produce total numbers which don’t always tell the entire story. Pricenomics takes a look at diversity within cities and produces and interesting story with regards to how we see our cities. Chris Dickersin-Prokopp of Greater Great Washington then took that data and produced a really fascinating breakdown and revisits the way in which diversity is measured.
It’s been said that Queens, NY is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. With that comes authentic cuisine from around the globe. Travel Channel‘s Bizarre Foods, hosted by Andrew Zimmern, dedicated an episode to some of the more interesting dishes you may not be able to find at your local strip mall. If you want to experience food from countries without having to have a passport, take a trip to the borough of Queens.