Facets: Issue 02

September 14, 2015

The problem with "diversity and inclusion" roles

Kristy Tillman
"Why, in such a metric driven product building industry, does the approach to diversity initiatives look so different from how products are made&emdash;how problems are solved?"

In an industry that prides itself on being so good at solving problems, Kristy Tillman asks, why are we pushing the problem of homogeneous workforces solely into HR departments? Engineers and designers often solve some of the most complex problems in tech; why are they not being engaged in the same way?

Does the Tech Industry Even Deserve Women?

Cecilia D'Anastasio
"There's no shame in taking your hand off of something poison,” [Anna anthropy] explains. "Leaning out" is not giving up, the manifesto argues. It's about preserving your personhood."

Cecilia D'Anastasio's Vice article about the essay collection Lean Out points out that blame shouldn't be placed on women and minorities for 'not showing up' or refusing to fight a toxic work environment. Sometimes it's okay to just let go.

It's time for Asian American men to stop being the "Model Minority" in tech.

Anil Dash
"Where are the Asian American men in tech talking about our complicity in denying opportunity to our fellow people of color? Where are tech's Asian American men advocating in a meaningful way for women?"

In another switch of perspective, Dash turns the microscope to the over-representation of Asian-American men, and their perception in the tech community at large. He asserts that they are benefitting from the exclusion of women and non-Asian minorities, and not holding each other sufficiently accountable for their unacceptable silence.

Tech's High Barrier to Entry for the Underprivileged

Gerard O'Neill
"Maurice's father is a black man from Brownsville, and my father is a white man from Detroit whose family moved to the suburbs during the white flight. That difference is about all it takes to make or break someone's chances of success in the United States."

Gerard O'Neill takes the assumption of 'anyone can teach themselves to code online' and turns it on its socioeconomic head, showing just how mistaken such a statement can be in the most fundamental of ways. After all, if we can’t easily access the internet, how do we learn to code?