eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
July 10, 2009

Growing a Diverse Workforce
from Symmetry magazine
When it comes to training, hiring, and retaining women and members of ethnic minorities, particle physics lags far behind other fields of science. Staffers at three national labs— Fermilab, SLAC, and Brookhaven—are attacking the problem at every level. More

Mentoring Program Aimed at Diversity
from The Columbus Dispatch
Presuming that African-American and Latino doctors will bring with them rich cultural knowledge and thereby improve patient care, OhioHealth is recruiting minority doctors early. The hospital system is working with Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine to pair first-year students with doctors who will mentor them throughout their educations. More

Discrimination Against AIDS Patients Serious in China
from Bernama
Almost half of ordinary people and 25 percent of medical workers still discriminate HIV/AIDS sufferers in China, despite constant efforts to raise public awareness, Xinhua news agency said. A survey by the Chinese Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, among 9,000 people who do not work in the medical field, found that 46 percent of them discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS. More

New Clues to Race Gap in Breast Cancer Outcomes
from HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
The racial gap in breast cancer outcomes, with black women more likely to die from the disease, can't be explained completely by any one factor, new research shows. For a quarter of a century, researchers have been aware of the so-called race gap in certain cancers. The racial disparity "first emerged about 25 years ago," said Idan Menashe, a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, who led one of two studies on the topic, both published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More

Trainers Warned about Relying on Stereotypes
from Training Journal
Researchers from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) argue factors such as age or gender are far more important when planning employee training, recruitment and retention and that organizations need to become more inclusive in their employee offerings. “Younger generations may be more likely to be highly socially networked and comfortable with technology and we should allow training to reflect the protocols they use, but we have to remain more alert as trainers to make sure we don’t miss any tricks, so to speak," said CIPD diversity adviser Dianah Worman. More

New Bill Prohibits Discrimination Against Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
from the Examiner
A new bill was introduced to Congress last month, which would prohibit unlawful employment practices against individuals because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA) is now under consideration in the House Judiciary Committee. More

Workplace Warfare: Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y
from Career FAQs
While generational diversity in the workforce promotes a broader range of talent, it can often mean conflicting ideas and stereotyping – the Baby Boomers think Generation X needs a stronger work ethic, Gen X sees the Boomers as self-absorbed workaholics – and everyone thinks Generation Y is selfish and self-entitled. Recognizing and understanding generational differences can help everyone learn to work together more effectively and transform your workplace from a generation war zone to an age-diverse and productive team. More

When Minorities Become the Majority - The Vision for 2050
from DiversityBusiness.com
Census data leave no doubt that minorities are rapidly increasing as a proportion of the total United States population. This is the result of immigration and minorities’ higher birthrates compared to Caucasians. Minorities will become the majority of the national population around the year 2050, but many communities have made the transition already. This country is not preparing for this momentous demographic shift that will create a “new majority.” The most pressing problem is that today’s minorities are getting neither the help they need to fully participate in the entrepreneurial economy, nor the education they need to staff the workforce in the service/knowledge economy. More