Latest Social diversity News

School system enters settlement in desegregation case

Jul. 06, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement to settle a long-running desegregation case with a north Alabama school system, prosecutors said Wednesday. The school system agreed to take steps to ensure equal educational opportunities for Black students, including...

Biomedical grantmakers' diversity push gains new momentum

Jul. 06, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

One and a half billion dollars is a big mea culpa, but that is what one philanthropy is throwing on the table to address what it admits is a longstanding problem: the failure to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health research. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute,...

Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL's first Black GM

Jul. 05, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks' three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward Mike Grier the first Black GM in league history. “It means a lot to me,” Grier said at his introductory news conference...

HarperCollins workers approve potential strike

Jul. 05, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

The union representing more than 250 HarperCollins workers says those employees have overwhelmingly voted to strike if the publisher doesn't meet contract demands. The United Auto Workers Local 2110 said that 99% of the workers, mostly women, voted to authorize a strike in a bid to...

Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusiveness

Jul. 05, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew. But he doesn’t always feel welcome in Jewish spaces — his skin color sometimes elicits questioning...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...

Students learn to turn differences into ... fruit salad

Jul. 03, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The ambassador of the bananas came to talk with the community of oranges to see how the two fruits could peacefully coexist on the imaginary island of Fruitopia. Sydney Werness, 17, a junior at Patrick Henry High School, was the banana ambassador who met the...

Buttigieg launches $1B pilot to build racial equity in roads

Jun. 30, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects, pledging wide-ranging help to dozens of communities despite the...

IOC keeps women's Nordic Combined out of 2026 Olympics

Jun. 24, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nordic Combined will remain the only Olympic event without women at the 2026 Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee decided on Friday not to add a women’s event on the skiing program at the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo Games in four years' time. ...

College baseball intent on increasing Black players, coaches

Jun. 24, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Anthony Holman is the highest-ranking NCAA official at the College World Series and the man in charge of the Division I baseball championship. Holman is Black, and when he watches the games, he doesn't see many people who look like him on the field or in the...