D&I Weekly News Round-up: Inclusion, Bias and More

Mar 3, 2022 10:25 AM ET
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By Caroline Berns, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about racial bias in communication, gender inclusion in software, role incredulity and the impact on women, and a sign language app that makes movies more accessible.

Gender Bias

“Role incredulity” describes a form of gender bias where people mistakenly assume a woman is in a support role or stereotypical female role (for example, the assistant, and not the doctor). How does that impact women – and what can we/organizations do to prevent this? Read more here.

Racial Bias

As part of a large-scale field experiment across the US looking at racial bias in communication, researchers sent out emails with either typically white or Black sounding names. It was found that the recipients were less likely to respond to emails from people they believed were Black.

Gender Inclusion

Software (especially legacy systems) usually sees gender as binary – which doesn’t make it very inclusive. Interesting article about the history, and how software development is changing to become more gender-inclusive.

Inclusion

Deaf children often struggle when watching movies, especially if their reading comprehension is not good enough yet to follow sub-titles. A new Chrome extension allows adding ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation to selected movies. The app (called SignUp) was developed by 17-year-old Mariella Satow, who realized the need for interpretation when she started learning ASL. Watch the video here.