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REFLECTIONS.

Have you thought about?

GOOGLE
Google has issued this breakdown of gender and diversity in its workforce:
26,600 employees as of 5/30/14
61% are White
30% are Asian
3% are Hispanic
2% are Black
30% are Women
Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Advanced Micro Devices published similar
breakdowns.

WHAT IS THE FIRST WORD YOU


THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE?

HOW DO I KNOW?....
You may be wondering how you can become aware of a bias that has been
floating around in my unconscious for years? If I havent noticed it by now,
how can I spot it now?
It is just a matter of practicing the art of self-observation. All biases
periodically toss-up a clue to their presence in the form of an assumptive
thought.
Pay attention to your inner conversations.

WHAT IS THE FIRST WORD YOU


THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE?

A WOMAN MIGHT HAVE TO SAY


I have not yet begun to fight
Im not going to fight you on this.

From: Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During
a Meeting; The Washington Post, October 13, 2015

WHAT ARE MICROAFFIRMATIONS?


Tiny acts we all do every day that open doors to opportunity, gestures of
inclusion and graceful acts of listening. They are the practice of generosity,
giving credit to others, providing comfort or support when needed
They provide myriad details of fair, specific, timely consistent and clear
feedback that help a person build on their strengths and overcome
weakness.
They add up to success or failure often.
From 2008 Diversity Best Practices www.diversitybestpractices.com

WHAT IS THE FIRST WORD YOU


THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE?

GOOGLE
Google self-reported that it has more difficulty diversifying its workforce
than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to
search requests in the blink of the eye or designing cars that can navigate
traffic without a human
The biggest factor is the shortage of such students majoring in computer
science or other technical fields in college, according to Lazlo Bock, head
of personnel at Google.
Tech Giant Vows to Work on Unconscious Bias, The San Diego UnionTribune May 30, 2014.

MANY STUDIES DEMONSTRATE


Researchers at MIT and University of Chicago have discovered that even names on
resumes can unconsciously impact peoples decision-making. These researchers
distributed 5,000 resumes to 1,250 employers who were advertising employment
opportunities . The resume had a key distinction, they were mailed out with typically
white and typically black names. Every company was sent four resumes: one of each
race that was an average candidate and one that was highly qualified.
Even when sent to companies that were actively seeking to diversify their workforce, the
white named resumes received a 50% higher call back ratio.
From Bertrand, Marianne and Mullainathan, Sendhil, Are Emily and Greg More
Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on Labor Market Discrimination,
University of Chicago School of Business, NBER, CEPR;MIT and NBER 2004

YOUTUBE
When YouTube launched their video upload app for iOS between 5 and 10%
of the videos uploaded by users were upside-down. A very high percentage
of mis-shot videos? Why?
The early design was the problem, it was designed for right-handed users,
but phones are usually rotated 180 degrees when held in left hands.
The app was created for the majority. Right handers.
From: Google Official Blog, September 25, 2014

WHAT IS THE
FIRST WORD
YOU THINK OF
WHEN YOU SEE?

TRUST YOUR GUT?


Weve evolved to make mental shortcuts. The halo effect can cause us
to inflate our views of in-group bias.
Biases dont feel wrong, they feel right.

TALENT IS DIVERSE
Talent comes in many packages. Packages vary by age, race, gender,
ethnicity, color, sexual orientation and disability.
Diversity if about different thinking styles. These differences have
value.

WHAT IS THE
FIRST WORD
YOU THINK OF
WHEN YOU SEE?

A WOMAN MIGHT HAVE TO SAY


I have a Dream Today!
Im sorry, I just had this idea its probably crazy, but look, just as long as
were throwing things out here I had sort of an idea or vision about maybe
the future?

From: Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During
a Meeting; The Washington Post, October 13, 2015

WHAT IS THE
FIRST WORD
YOU THINK OF
WHEN YOU
SEE?

BUYING CARS
In a study by Ian Ayers, now at Yale Law School, white men were offered
cars on average significantly lower than, in ascending order, white women,
black women and black men.

IN JOB INTERVIEW WAITING


ROOMS
Rice University researcher Mikki Hebl found that people were less positive
about interview candidates when they had been simply sitting next to
somebody who was perceived to be overweight in the waiting room.
Sitting next to an overweight person?

A WOMAN MIGHT HAVE TO SAY


Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your
country
Im not an expert, but I feel like maybe you could accomplish more by
maybe shifting your focus from asking things from the government and
instead looking at things that we can all do ourselves? Just a thought Take
it for what its worth.
From: Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During
a Meeting; The Washington Post, October 13, 2015

VOICE ACCENT
Two University of Chicago researchers found that people are less likely to
believe factual information when it is delivered by someone whose accent
is different than the dominant accent.
Boaz Keysar and Shiri Lev-Ari discovered that even when test subjects were
alerted to the phenomenon, they were still less likely to trust the veracity
of people with strong accents other than their own.

WHAT IS THE
FIRST WORD YOU
THINK OF WHEN
YOU SEE?

HEIGHT
Less than 14% of American men are over six feet tall, yet almost 60% of
corporate CEOs are over six feet tall. Less than 4% of American men are
over six feet, two inches tall, yet more than 36% of corporate CEOs are
over six feet, two inches tall.
Rational?

CLASSROOM BEHAVIORS
Boys are called on more often than girls in Math and Science and all
subjects.

HOW WE THINK
Scientists estimate that we are exposed to as many as 11 million pieces of
information at any one time and yet our brains only deal with 40 or so.
We filter the rest.
We see what is left and we believe what we see

WHAT IS THE FIRST WORD YOU


THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE?

HOT AND COLD BEVERAGES


The Bargh Study
Yale University researchers evaluated the results from interviews that were
conducted by people holding cold and hot drinks and found that those
holding hot drinks were more positive about the interviewee than those
holding cold drinks.
Warm smile?
Cold heart?

A WOMAN MIGHT HAVE TO SAY


Give me liberty or give me death.
If I could just I really feel like if we had liberty it would be terrific, and
the alternative would just be awful, you know? That just how it strikes me.
I dont know.
From: Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During
a Meeting; The Washington Post, October 13, 2015

THOUGHTS?