Katrease Stafford Detroit Free Press Published 2:30 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 Detroit’s blight remediation effort has been fueled by more than $148 million in federal dollars but a Free Press analysis shows that only 26% of the work has gone to minority-owned companies and among them, only one black-owned company has received a substantial slice of the nation’s largest federally funded demolition program. In a city such as Detroit, where the population is more than 79 percent black, critics and some officials argue there are dozens of minority business owners who can do the job but are being shut out of consideration. In total, just 16 percent of the federal Hardest Hit Fund money disbursed for the demolition program has gone to black-owned firms. In contrast, some states, such as Tennessee, South Carolina and Indiana, have put measures in place to promote more diversity among HHF-funded work. Detroit’s … [Read more...] about Detroit’s demolition program under fire for lack of diversity
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PUBLISHED: 12:06 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 01 June 2018 Rhiannon Long Councillor Sanchia Alasia is Barking and Dagenham's new mayor. Picture: J-LEE ©Jimmy Lee The new mayor of Barking and Dagenham has been selected. In a ceremonial council meeting on May 25, Councillor Sanchia Alasia from Alibon ward was appointed in the post. As mayor, she’s promised to promote diversity and inclusivity, especially in relation to disabilities. She said: “I’d like to have a theme of inclusivity throughout the year, and to ensure those with invisible disabilities are included in the work I do. “I’ve decided to have two mayoral advisors around disability so that I can make sure they’re integrated into the work I do.” In her speech, Cllr Alasia outlined the three charities she plans to work with – The Pennu Charity, which combats loneliness amongst the elderly, Afruca, which campaigns for the welfare of African children, and Endometriosis … [Read more...] about New mayor of Barking and Dagenham is first Caribbean woman to hold post
Brought to you by Innovative next-generation hiring technology helps organisations overcome unconscious bias and build more diverse and inclusive workforces Philip Smith The biggest hurdle faced by businesses attempting to recruit from a diverse pool of talent is, it seems, inherent and often unconscious bias. Recruiters using traditional tools such as CVs to select who to interview could be rejecting highly capable individuals as a result. And it’s something that needs to be addressed from a business – if not ethical – standpoint. “It’s been proven that you get better innovation, performance and business outcomes from diverse groups of people,” says Fiona Jackson, head of diversity, inclusion and employer branding at EDF Energy. EDF Energy has been promoting a more inclusive approach to recruitment for its 13,500-strong workforce with a degree of success. In the past three years it has seen the number of women candidates for its … [Read more...] about Recruitment technology drives greater diversity and inclusion at work
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader PowerPost Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Joe Davidson by Joe Davidson Email the author May 1 at 5:05 PM Email the author The Office of Personnel Management building in Washington. (Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency) The vigor that newly installed Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon has for civil service reform makes the Trump administration’s lack of enthusiasm for federal workplace diversity and inclusion all the more stark. “We want to be bold and aggressive, and … [Read more...] about New OPM chief presses for civil service overhaul, but administration is less interested in diversity
On November 15, 2017, the Institute for Policy Studies issued a report noting that the three richest people in the United States (Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates) were wealthier than the 160 million people in the bottom half of the country combined. Two months later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance in support of mandatory work requirements for some of the 160 million individuals to obtain access to health care. Specifically, the guidance said that based on its authority under Medicaid, CMS would allow states to require that non-elderly, non-pregnant adults (able-bodied adults) work as a condition to their eligibility for Medicaid. CMS asserted that the work requirement would further Medicaid's objectives by promoting better mental, physical, and emotional health and help individuals and families rise out of poverty and attain independence. Although these are admirable goals, the work requirement arguably violates the objectives of … [Read more...] about Medicaid Work Requirements: Are They Illegal and Will They Increase Poverty?