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‘Saturday Night Live’ adds Bowen Yang to cast in major step for Asian, gay representation

“Saturday Night Live,” which has long been criticized for its lack of diverse casting choices, just made a major step forward in Asian American representation.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

New leaders at Gonzaga University include three female deans and provost

This fall, Gonzaga University will debut four new deans, three of them women, and a female provost. That means three out of the school’s seven academic deans are women.


Airbnb, NAACP partner to get more people of color to become Airbnb hosts

Airbnb launched a program with the NAACP’s Seattle Chapter this week to recruit more people of color to become hosts on the homesharing company’s site.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Sephora closes U.S. stores for 1-hour diversity training

NEW YORK – Sephora closed all of its U.S. stores for an hour Wednesday to host “inclusion workshops” for its 16,000 employees, just over a month after R&B star SZA …


Affirmative action initiative likely to spur local discussions about race, gender in employment and recruiting

The Legislature’s action late Sunday night to overturn a 20-year ban on “affirmative action” policies may cause local school districts, governments and universities to re-evaluate the makeup of their workplaces.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:49 a.m.

Diverse Washington Legislature opens for 2019 session

New Legislature starts session with most diverse membership.


Microsoft reports modest increases in workforce diversity

Microsoft showed a small increase in the proportion of women in its employee ranks, rising 1.1 percentage points to 26.6 percent, from 25.5 percent last year.


More people of color are venturing into the great outdoors in Seattle

A new wave of affinity groups and meetups for people of color have drawn growing numbers of trekkers, backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts. Facebook and Instagram posts feature photos of Asian …


Wall Street claims success on diversity — at least with interns

This year’s crop of interns is Bank of America’s “most diverse group ever,” the lender told investors on its second-quarter earnings call. Women comprise 45 percent of the current class …


MGM chief executive rips ‘hypocritical’ investors on diversity

MGM Resorts International has increased the number of women in management and invested in solar panels to power its casinos. Chief Executive Officer James Murren says investors don’t care enough.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history

The Mormon Church made history and injected a bit of diversity into a previously all-white top leadership panel on Saturday by selecting the first-ever Latin-American apostle and the first-ever apostle …


Analysis: After years of criticism, the hashtag for this year’s Oscar nominations could be ItsAboutTime

LOS ANGELES – After years of criticism, the hashtag for this year’s Oscar nominations could be #ItsAboutTime Recently, “Shape of Water” star Sally Hawkins listened as Guillermo del Toro, the …


Everything is Copy: Celebrating diverse happiness this holiday season

Instead of thinking of diversity as a black and white matter, more people should consider seeing, recognizing, and accounting for differences. Even if someone looks like you, he, she, or …


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any …


Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders

Diversity in the advertising industry is becoming a higher priority for consumer product companies as they try to reach a new generation of customers with evolving sensibilities on ethnicity, age, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Google canceled all-hands meeting after employees were harassed online

Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, canceled an all-hands meeting Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.


Google’s firing of diversity critic fuels social-media backlash

Google triggered a social-media backlash with the firing of an employee who had blasted the company’s diversity policies, fueling tension over an issue roiling Silicon Valley.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Google exec denounces employee’s views on female workers

When it comes to why there are so few women in tech, Silicon Valley is in the midst of an ideological battle. The latest conflict is at Google, where a …


Lack of trust in police one reason why recruiting new officers has become difficult

Lack of trust in police – especially among younger people and minorities – is one reason why recruiting has become difficult.


Annual event adds a parade

New this year will be a Unity in the Community Parade that will begin at 9 a.m. on the southeast corner of Stevens Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.


Chris Pine’s ‘SNL’ monologue reminds us how bad Hollywood’s superhero diversity problem is

Whether inadvertently or intentionally, Chris Pine and his tongue-in-cheek ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue once again highlighted Hollywood’s diversity problem, particularly when it comes to big-budget superhero movies.


Women, minorities are still nearly shut out of this $71 trillion industry

Women and minorities are locked out of some of Wall Street’s most lucrative positions, managing just 1.1 percent of the $71.4 trillion of the industry’s assets, according to a report …


Racial, gender hiring decline in college sports in 2016

A study finds racial and gender hiring in college sports declined in 2016 from the previous year and still lag behind those in professional sports. The annual report card from …


Kennewick council, diversity commission nix ‘inclusive community’

“Diversity” and “inclusive” did not mix in Kennewick on Tuesday night, when the City Council and diversity commission opposed designating the city an “inclusive community.”


Investors push corporate boards to add women, people of color

Slowly but steadily, investors continue to let corporate boards know that “male, pale and stale” doesn’t cut it anymore. The small but growing number of shareholder votes on diversity proposals …


Teachers are younger and overwhelmingly white across Spokane and Washington

In general, Washington State teachers are younger and whiter, according to a study published Wednesday by the University of Washington.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Boeing’s difficult journey from racism to diversity

“I will not recommend for membership in this union any other than members of the white race.” That may sound like some old declaration from the Deep South. But until …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

School leaders reaffirmed the school districts commitment to diversity and inclusion following reports of presidential election-related bullying and violence, Wednesday.


Trump lags predecessors on diversity as he picks Cabinet

As Donald Trump fills out his Cabinet, it’s looking less like America’s population and more like the world Trump has always orbited: wealthy, white, male-dominated and business-minded.


Sue Lani Madsen: We love to embrace “diversity,” but real diversity – of belief – is in short supply

It’s real diversity that matters. Real diversity means reaching across boundaries even when it’s uncomfortable. And it’s real diversity that is threatened by the most disturbing reactions to this election.