Be Woke: Hacking Diversity in Corporate America
October 13, 1-4pm in UMC 235
Join influential leaders of major corporations and students in an interactive discussion addressing the many barriers to inclusion in the workplace. Topics addressed will include bigotry, gender & sexuality, and racism. Leaders of Diversity and Inclusion from Companies attending:
- 5280 Magazine: Jeff Waraniak. Assistant Editor
- LGBTQ tech: Tamara Hale, Co-Organizer of Flatirons Tech
- Comcast: Maria Arias, Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion
- Lyft: Mercedes Jenkins, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist
- Molson Coors: Brian Clark, Chief People and Diversity Officer
- Molson Coors: Kaitlynn Fidler, Senior Talent Resource Consultant
- FWD.US: Kaytia King, Organizing Manager
- Made Movement: Scott Prindle, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
New campus Be Woke series Launched with visit from Reddit executive
Katelin Halloway, Reddit’s vice president of people and culture, was on campus for a public discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and kicked off a campus series called Be Woke. The free, public talk was 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 talked about how Reddit builds culture and community in the workplace. She shared her vision for Reddit’s culture and talk about how she built 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 paired with the startup BeVisible to host a series of Be Woke campus events, culminating 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.
- 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 Discussion Topics
How could interviews and other recruitment tools be redesigned to counteract implicit bias? This event 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
Please fill out the Be Woke Series Spotlight Form! We want to hear your views on diversity at CU Boulder:
We look forward to your participation!