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New campus Be Woke series to launch Sept. 5 with visit from Reddit executive

Katelin Halloway, Reddit’s vice president of people and culture, will be on campus for a public discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 5, to kick off a campus series called Be Woke. The free, public talk will be held 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wolf Law Wittemyer Courtroom.

In her discussion “Defining Culture at Reddit: Building Communities with an Open Heart,” Halloway will talk about how Reddit builds culture and community in the workplace. She’ll also share her vision for Reddit’s culture and talk about how she’s building the teams and tools to bring the same diversity that exists across Reddit’s thousands of online communities to work every day.

The CU Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement has paired with the startup BeVisible to host a series of Be Woke campus events, culminating in a hack-a-thon on Oct. 13. During the Oct. 13 event, hosted by the head of inclusion and diversity at Lyft, students, industry leaders and community members will meet to hack the hiring process.

“The hack-a-thon aims to connect diverse students with corporations and partners in the innovation economy, while also dispelling stubborn misconceptions that an interest in diversity and inclusiveness is limited to colleges and universities,” said Andrea Guendelman, co-founder and CEO of BeVisible.

Upcoming events:

  • Kevin Foster, regional recruiter from Intel Corporation, will be on campus meeting with diverse students with engineering and computer science backgrounds to discuss topics such as nailing the interview, success in the workplace, getting the first job, a day in the life, employment strategies and more. The public event will be held in the Idea Forge, Engineering Building on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Potential Hackathon Topics

How could interviews and other recruitment tools be redesigned to counteract implicit bias?  This hackathon might consider:

  • Research on how anonymizing resumes and removing “cues” that signal that an applicant is a member of a diverse group tend to increase chances of getting an interview or an offer;
  • How to ensure that skills tests in hiring – which have a long history of being used to discriminate – might be reinvented to promote diversity;
  • How to redesign the traditional job fair to promote diversity and real student and employer engagement.
  • How to promote civic dialogue in a polarized age.
  • How to attract more diverse students, faculty, and staff to CU and break out of the “chicken or egg” loop


  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: Introductions & Networking
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm: Identify 5 Problems Associated w/ Landing the Job
  • 3:30pm-4:30: Groups discuss solutions found
  • 5:00pm- Closing

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