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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
June 5, 2009
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Dear ASHHRA & IFD Members,

Read about the important events hosted by ASHHRA and the IFD.

I) ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition
Take advantage of the registration discount for the ASHHRA 45th Annual Conference & Exposition held in Chicago, Nov. 1 – 3, 2009 (Pre-Conference Oct. 31). Use the coupon and save $50. Click here to register. This year's conference has more than 50 learning sessions with CEU credits. We have engaging keynote speakers that include Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to walk on the moon; Kevin Lofton, former president of the AHA board of directors; and Jennifer James, motivational speaker. There are plenty of opportunities to network at the MetLife Social Event and the Regional Breakfasts. Plus, you can learn about all the products and services that will help you solve your heath care HR issues from our exhibitors. More

EEOC: Agencies Should Link Diversity and Retention Goals
from Government Executive Magazine
Federal agencies should rethink how they approach diversity and link recruitment and retention efforts to their current workforce structure, the acting chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. Rigorous diversity programs could ensure that agencies have a reputation for fairness and enable talented employees to feel comfortable in their workplace. More

U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Hold Public Briefing on Health Care Disparities Between Minorities and Non-Minorities
from PR Newswire
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will examine the reasons for persistent gaps between the health status of minorities and non-minorities in the United States, focusing on cardiovascular disease and the related condition of hypertension since racial and ethnic minorities continue to have more disease, disability, and premature death than non-minorities. Experts will present the Commissioners with results from ongoing research, health care delivery systems, access to and quality of care, community education, patient behavior, and other aspects of health differences between population groups. More

Diversity Helps Your Business − But Not the Way You Think
from Forbes
America is at a new frontier when it comes to diversity. The nation has its first African-American president, and more and more women hold positions of corporate power. With the click of a mouse, we can connect and collaborate with practically anyone anywhere, thanks to the Internet. We are more likely to come into contact with people unlike ourselves than ever before, and in every aspect of our lives. More

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from The Advertiser
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Mentors Who Support Students Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award
from PR Newswire
The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) recently honored three leaders at its seventh annual "Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award" ceremony in Los Angeles. In recognition of their efforts to reduce entry barriers and to ensure the success of underrepresented minorities in the health workforce, the honorees will each receive a cash award of $25,000. More

Minorities, Women Underrepresented in IT
from Information Week
Minorities are underrepresented in high-technology companies, especially when it comes to senior-level positions, according to a recent report. The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology found that only 6.1 percent of men holding technical positions and 8.2 percent of women holding those positions in Silicon Valley are minorities. Less than 2 percent of women of color hold high-level technical positions, the report found. More

Diversity Effect: Positives Touted for Workforce from Anti-discrimination Resolution
from Memphis Commercial Appeal
It was six years ago that a panel of more than 100 creative minds from across the country convened in the Mid-South to explore how cities like Memphis could attract a young and creative work force. One solution presented in the "Memphis Manifesto" was to appeal to a diverse range of people, including homosexuals. A recent a proposal to block Shelby County, Tenn., from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees has fiercely divided Memphians who hold opposing views on homosexuality. More

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New Council to Promote Diversity in Legal Profession
from Diversity Executive magazine
The National Law Journal reported recently the formation of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a new organization comprised of general counsel and managing partners from leading law firms and corporations. The council will focus on putting together programs that work to encourage diversity within the legal practice. More


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