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Getting Smart on Global Education and Equity
For students to participate effectively and become successful in this changing world, they must first understand it. Equipping students with specific skills to compete in a global job market is important, but cultivating their abilities to effectively share ideas and communicate across cultures in appropriate and respectful ways is critical. Regardless of location, socioeconomic status or cultural background, all students are equally deserving of educational experiences that prepare them to be globally competent by receiving instructional practices that consistently engage global content, multicultural perspectives and problem solving across subjects. Today's students need global education. VIF International Education and Getting Smart partnered to create Getting Smart on Global Education and Equity in order to examine the characteristics of globally competent students closely, and address how K-12 institutions can utilize global education practices to equitably prepare all students for success.
Posted on 01 Jun 2016
A Third of GitHub Employees Are Female - But Just 2% Are Black
The Silicon Valley company is the latest to release its employee demographics. Yet another Silicon Valley company has chosen to release its diversity numbers to the public: GitHub. The company joins a long list of other tech players, from Apple to Airbnb, who have disclosed the demographic breakdown of their employee base. And though Github's report shows its male/female ratio is pretty much in line with the dismal industry average, the data also reveals that they've made significant improvements over just 18 months. That progress has been a deliberate initiative on the part of the company's chief executive officer, following a scandal that left the GitHub's name tainted, especially with women in Silicon Valley.
Posted on 01 Jun 2016
Witi Announces 2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees
WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading global business organization for women in technology with more than 150,000 members worldwide, announced its 2016, annual Hall of Fame winners who will be honored at WITI's 22nd Women In Technology Annual Summit which will be held in San Jose, CA from June 5-7, 2016 at DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose. An awards ceremony will be held from 5:00-6:30 PM, followed by a special celebration to meet these exceptional women. The WITI Hall of Fame, considered to be one of the most prestigious honors for women in technology, was established in 1996 to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contributions women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve society and business. The winners are also acknowledged for demonstrating a commitment to supporting and mentoring women and girls worldwide.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Girls in Tech Catalyst 2016 Video
Catalyst is Girls in Tech's largest event of the year. As a three-day event designed to celebrate women and provide a platform for candid discussions, it brings together women at all career levels and from all corners of the globe. Catalyst attracts luminary speakers from Silicon Valley who speak to topics ranging from innovating and the changing digital landscape to finding your career sweet spot and sources of startup funding. The most recent Catalyst event brought more than 450 people to Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona in April. In case you missed it: Check out this video from the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference this year. It features interviews with some of the today's top tech leaders. See what they have to say about GIT, diversity in the workplace and the conference overall.
Posted on 25 May 2016
How Google, Pinterest, And Others Use Internships To Push Their Diversity Initiatives
Pinterest joined a growing number of companies, including Atlassian, Airbnb, Autodesk, and Twitter, in hiring a dedicated person to lead diversityinitiatives; still, significant change takes time, and the numbers haven't budged that much. Each of the new appointees acknowledge there is work to be done, not only to diversify the employee pool, but to make companies more inclusive. Some companies are looking to make an impact at the earliest point of the talent recruitment process: They're diversifying members of their internship programs. The potential ripple effect is huge.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Female STEM Ph.D. Holders Earning 31% Less Than Males, According to New Report
There's no question the wage gap between men and women exists, but a new study from Ohio State University shows that even females with STEM-related PH.D. are getting paid as much as 31 percent less than their male counterparts. Some of it can be attributed to the fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics that women choose, but removing that, Ohio State researchers found there is still an 11 percent gap. It turns out whether women have children or not may account for the remaining wage gap in STEM fields, the study reveals.
Posted on 25 May 2016
Google proposes new set of female emojis to promote equality
Google employees have proposed a new set of emojis aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace, including cartoon female engineers, chemists, plumbers and farmers. The Google team presented the designs of 13 new emojis at theUnicode Consortium, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit group that runs an ''emoji subcommittee'' overseeing the creation of new emojis. ''No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before,'' the four Google workers wrote in their proposal. ''Isn't it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?''
Posted on 18 May 2016
European Commission will launch 1 billion eur quantum technologies flagship
Speaking at the Quantum Europe Conferenceorganised by The Dutch presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the QuTech center in Delft, the Commissioner outlined his objective to reinforce European scientific leadership and excellence in quantum research and in quantum technologies. Representatives of academia and industry presented the Quantum Manifesto to Commissioner Oettinger and to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp. One point they made clear was that quantum secure communication and computing will be a key part of future computing infrastructure. The quantum flagship will be a key part of the data and computing Infrastructure which underpins the European Cloud Initiative, as part of the Commission's strategy to digitise European industry.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Tech companies can make retention of female employees a priority
The technology industry has a problem with retaining qualified female employees. According toa study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 56 percent of women in computing jobs will leave their positions at the ''mid-level'' point, right when it is most costly to the companies that employ them. This is due to a number of factors that can be alleviated by corporations adopting mindful practices that will create better and balanced work environments.
Posted on 18 May 2016
Society of Women Engineers Professional Virtual Career Fair, May 25, 2016
If you are searching for your dream job but not sure how to find it and tired of sending out resumes without a response, you can sign up for The Society of Women Engineers Virtual Career Fair and you will be connected directly, one-on-one and live, with top employers that are hiring now. This premier recruiting event will offer the opportunity to potentially have 20 or more first round interviews all within three hours!By registering, you will: interact Live and one-on-one with recruiters through online chat - you can share your resume and experience and schedule second round interviews, discover new career opportunities from leading employers eager to hire people with your expertise and build your network by continuing your conversations with recruiters after the event ends.
Posted on 18 May 2016

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