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May 23, 2019 04:21:52

Diversity

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Victoria Maung

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The topic always makes good conversation and thought experiment, and fortunately in my life, I've never related too hard to the need for diversity. Until now. I've just started my tenure at a mostly-software-development company, and it does not look diverse (race- and gender-wise [I'm the only female in a group of 16 new hires]; I can't speak for other invisible demographic factors). Actually, now that I think about it, it almost resembles the make-up of 200WAD...

Sure, these groups could possibly be diverse in thought or socioeconomic background (probably not as much as it could be), but what are these groups really missing? Does enacting hiring quotas actually water down the quality of institutions? (McKinsey claims that culturally and ethnically diverse executive teams perform better on average.) What value does diversity really and truly add to a company?

Especially in the software engineering space. Getting a diverse cadre of programmers is one issue. I imagine that retaining it is another as well. I'm not sure what to think, since I'm still processing this very complex and multi-faceted issue. 

Another related thought: are Asians becoming white? There's a homogeneity that becomes strengthened the further up the income ladder you go, and Asians, after all, are the highest earning racial / ethnic group in the US. 

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    @vickenstein I'm a white male. (Old guy too) So I don't have any experience with discrimination and probably shouldn't offer a response. The only thing I know is that the more we experience (good and bad) the better prepared we become and the more helpful we can be to others who confront the challenges we already addressed. Forgive me for being so simplistic. But I had the impression that what you wrote was also an invitation for a response.
    Thanks for sharing.

    - Mike

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | May 23, 2019 12:36:35
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      @mikebyrnes Hi Mike, thanks for reading, and I appreciate your thoughtful response :) I agree with what you might be meaning. In that the best we can do might be to invite and encourage diversity by awareness, advocacy, dialogue, mentorship, etc.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | May 24, 2019 03:58:26
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      @mikebyrnes Hi Mike, thanks for reading, and I appreciate your thoughtful response :) I agree with what you might be meaning. In that the best we can do might be to invite and encourage diversity by awareness, advocacy, dialogue, mentorship, etc.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | May 24, 2019 03:58:29
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