Formerly known as BAME Recruitment

07 Feb 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 12

Feb 7

Diversity Lens - Issue 12

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! We’re excited to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion.
 
Latest News

Grime Ballet – a beautiful collision
Two words that you’d never think would be paired together are Grime and Ballet, but in a multicultural and multifaceted city like London the possibilities are endless. Grime Ballet first stormed the scene after UK hip hop star Stormzy included it as part of his set at Glastonbury.
The idea behind this merger is to open up ballet to anyone and to show that this type of dance is inclusive of people regardless of their background. Another comparable merger is that of music artist Lil Nas X, who has successfully merged rap and country music and recently won a Grammy for his hit record ‘Old Town Road’ with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus. Click on the photo below to read more about this unusual synergy of art.




Child model's hair sparks debate over 'outdated' rules
8-year-old Farouk James, who has 270,000 followers on Instagram and a modelling contract in New York, has sparked debate over school uniform regulations. This interview shown on TV show This Morning features Farouk's mum. She is fighting against the school rules that insist boys must have short hair, which she considers outdated. Click to watch the video below and feel free to send in your opinions about the interview.

The Child Model Being Forced to Chop His Hair to Continue His Education

 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights That’s ‘Gold’, Man
Investment banking and financial services giant, Goldman Sachs has publicly stated that they will no longer help companies that do not have a diverse board representation, with a particular focus on women being represented at board level. The CEO Solomon David admits that the issue stems from the majority of board members currently being selected from a pool of former CEOs or CFOs, which predominantly leaves women out of the picture. In addition, Goldman Sachs have offered companies access to their extensive networks to source successful female executives when required. Our hope is that Goldman Sachs and other large companies will stretch further to promote diverse boards that are also representative of race, sexual orientation, age and disability. Click on the photo below to read more about this inclusive step forward.


Class difference in the workplace
In 2020 when we think of equality and diversity the first thoughts that often come to mind are around race, gender, disability and sexual orientation. However the blog page, 'Stumbling and Mumbling' recently highlighted the way individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds behave and are treated in the workplace. The blog takes the position that people from 'posh’ or ‘rich’ background have a higher chance of being successful than those from poorer backgrounds. It presents the concept that an automatic structure is in place, where those from poorer backgrounds have to augment their personalities to suit an environment, whereas those from richer backgrounds simply ‘glide through’ without changing anything at all. Click on the photo below to read the interesting blog post in full.




53% of new hires at Apple in the U.S. are from underrepresented groups in tech
Apple has released their latest diversity statistics and a new diversity and inclusion film on their website. Apple states that people under 30 represent a third of their total workforce, 45 percent of their leaders under 30 are women and 17 percent are underrepresented minorities. This is in response to criticisms from previous years when Apple was called out for lack of diversity. Pressure is growing on tech companies to show that they are inclusive places for everyone, in particular with Apple's international customer base that includes the Americas, Europe, China and the Pacific. Click the photo below to see Apple's diversity and inclusion page and their new diversity and inclusion film.

 
Story of the Week

Zach Sullivan makes history as first ever pro Ice Hockey player to come out as Bisexual
Sullivan, who plays for UK team Manchester Storm, said he was coming out in the hope it would “help others”. Zach Sullivan’s statement was released over the Elite Ice Hockey League’s first-ever Pride weekend. Sullivan’s coming out has been met with widespread support, including from Manchester Storm’s captain, Dallas Ehrhardt who said, “We couldn’t be happier for our teammate and we 100% have his back." Click on the photo below to read more about Zach and his supportive team mates.

 
Featured Video

Closing the disability inclusion gap at the World Economic Forum
What strategies and best practices can close the disability gap at work? Enjoy this video with a panel of expert speakers discussing the future of workplace diversity including: Edward Ndopu, Molly Burke and Caroline Casey.

Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap

 
Events

Join us at our event - Better Allies: Supporting LGBTQ+ Colleagues at Work
BAME Recruitment is supporting LGBTQ+ History month with an exciting event open to EVERYONE including the LGBT+ community and especially anyone keen to discuss how to be a better ally to their colleagues from the LGBTQ+ community. The event on Thursday 20th February will highlight ways that allies and LGBTQ+ people can work together on making the workplace more inclusive and supportive. Get your FREE tickets by clicking on the picture below.

 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (aka Lady Phyll)
Lady Phyll is a pioneer in her own right. She brought the spotlight to the generation of young black people in the LGBT+ community who felt unrepresented by the mainstream LGBT+ movement. As the co-founder of UK Black Pride, established in 2005, she gave a voice to the minority communities within the movement which has made it one of the most diverse prides in Europe. Lady Phyll places a call to action on the LGBTQ+ community to “teach others that we deserve to take pride of place and feel safe and protected both home and abroad” and for allies to step up to listen, give up space and speak up to help create a world where no one lives in fear due to prejudice and discrimination. Click on the photo below to read more about the inspirational Lady Phyll and UK Black Pride.

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