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Google to offer women and people of color free coding lessons

Ever since Google unveiled its numbers in terms of diversity regarding its work staff, the company has been making an effort to fix the lack of women and people of color in its offices. Just 17% of Google employees are women, but a new initiative is seeking to change that. 

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Report: 90% of employees at Facebook are white

For the first time in the history of the company, Facebook released its diversity report to the public. The results reveal a huge race and gender gap in terms of employment. 

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Anthony McGill becomes New York Philharmonic’s 1st black section leader

Nationally known clarinetist Anthony McGill made history by becoming the first African-American section leader in the New York Philharmonic. McGill’s appointment to the position is among several changes occurring in the symphony. 

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Diverse directors program launched by Sony Pictures

A new initiative will provide the opportunity for candidates to shadow well-known TV directors of various half-hour scripted Sony Pictures TV series. The “Diverse Directors Program” is meant to provide access and training to promising future directors of color. 

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Google admits to lack of diversity in staff

On Wednesday, Google publicly released data on the diversity of its workforce, and admitted it was disappointed with its record for hiring African Americans, Latinos and women. 

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First Lady heads to Kansas in effort to promote diversity

First lady Michelle Obama will head to Topeka, Kansas to speak to high school students about the importance of diversity.  Mrs. Obama’s trip comes just a day before the 60th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case outlawing school segregation. 

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Report: teachers in America do not reflect country’s diversity

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According to a report released by the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association, U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. The report seeks to call attention to what researchers refer to as the “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the country. 

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Record number of African Americans accepted to Harvard

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Ivy League institutions are tough to get in. Typically, they only accept 5 to 10 percent of all students who apply. But according to data reported by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education,  Harvard has accepted a record high of African Americans into its school for this upcoming school year. 

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UCLA to get African American studies department

UCLA’s Academic Senate unanimously voted Thursday to establish an Afro-American studies department. The move means that the current interdepartmental program will be dismantled. 

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African developer creates first black emojis

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Following complaints that different races are not represented in the current set of emojis, an African company has released the first set of black digital faces.  Oju Africa launched the collection of 15 faces this week in the face of criticism of Apple’s lack of diversity. 

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