Discussing Diversity

You may know that I have been a big fan of podcasts (since before they became cool), episodic radio-like programming that you can listen to when you want (I listen most often when doing house or yard work, when walking, and sometimes cooking). One of my favorites is Startup from Gimlet Media, and the latest episode https://gimletmedia.com/episode/19-diversity-report/ is about creating a diverse workplace, and just what this means. The Women-In-Entomology Network has always been concerned with increasing diversity in the Entomological Society of America and in entomology and the sciences in general, but in this episode of Startup, we hear from some of the people that are the focus of this effort. Let me know what you think...

ESA has a new Diversity & Inclusion (Standing) Committee and we are planning to submit a joint proposal for a late-breaking symposium for the 2016 International Congress of Entomology. Stay tuned!

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  • Now I'm really sorry...oops! There's now a Chrome App to help flag those elements of your email correspondence, which may be triggers for implicit bias http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/12/29/new_chrome_app_help... --while aimed at women, this app could be of broader interest to any minority or junior person on the ladder.

    The author of the piece continues:

    Still, part of me always cringes when people tell women that the way they speak or write is wrong. One reason why women have adopted these kinds of speech and writing patterns is because, historically, they’ve gotten pushback for appearing too decisive and demanding

    Part of dealing with implicit bias is starting to recognize not only our own, but seeing how these may play out in the views of others.

    So, would you download this app?

  • A discussion about increasing diversity cannot really be had without talking about unconscious or implicit bias. A number of people attended the workshop at the 2015 ESA meeting on this topic, but if you missed it, here is a nice video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpbAaQItNOQ&feature=youtu.be by Shankar Vedantam (author of the book (2009) and NPR podcast (2015) of the same name: The Hidden Brain), explaining this concept in a bit more detail. An earlier discussion gave you the link to the test(s) https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ you can take, and Vedantam tells you how and why these work. In a recent episode of his podcast http://www.npr.org/2015/12/08/458307977/how-what-makes-you-laugh-an... he talks about how what we laugh about also reveals something about such biases. Comedy is a tricky thing!

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