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Diversity In Literary Fiction

Sep 16, 2019
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Nobel Laureate and author Toni Morrison used her voice to both empower and enlighten her readers. 

Since her death last month, many within the publishing industry have reminisced about her legacy while also contemplating the future of diversity in literature.


Last year, one in every five books were found to be published by a person of color. 


Today on All Sides, the legacy and importance of diverse voices in fiction.


Damita Brown, interim director of the Columbus Office for Diversity and Inclusion, speaks about a study of hiring practices on July 24, 2019.
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The City of Columbus announced plans to increase its work with minority- and women-owned businesses Tuesday, after conducting a study of its relationships with diverse partnerships.

Changing Societal Norms

Jul 22, 2019
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California and New York have both enacted bans of discrimination based on natural hairstyles, bringing state law more into alignment with societal norms.

In California, the law updates the definition of race, referring to hair texture and protective hairstyles, noting that hair can be a proxy for race and that rules against certain types and styles of hair associated with race is racial discrimination. 

Today on All Sides, how societal norms are established and how they change. 

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Columbus Police is hosting its first women’s recruitment webinar Tuesday as part of a push to increase the division’s diversity.

Diversity In Fashion

Jun 10, 2019
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Rihanna became the first black woman to lead a luxury fashion house in Paris when LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods group, in May announced that her clothing brand, Fenty, would join its family.

That also makes Rihanna the first woman to create an original brand for the French conglomerate, and the first woman of color to head an LVMH house.  

But that’s the exception, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The group in January released the results of a survey that found 41% of respondents rated their fashion company 3 out of 5 on in-house diversity at their company.  

Today on All Sides, bringing diversity to the world of fashion. 

The College Board has been testing a tool that could give the millions of students who take the SATs every year a score measuring their economic hardships and other disadvantages, the nonprofit said Thursday.

The Environmental Context Dashboard includes information about students' high schools, including the rate of teens who receive free or reduced lunch, and their home life and neighborhoods, such as average family income, educational attainment, housing stability and crime.

Ohioana Book Festival in 2018.
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Ruth Awad is happy about her placement in the Ohioana Book Festival—with a caveat.

Columbus Neighborhoods

Organizers of the Ohioana Book Festival, which featuring Ohio authors, say they agree with concerns that the event lacks diversity and they plan to do something about it.

Ohio Lawyers' Group Boosts Diversity Push With New Hire

Apr 22, 2019
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The state's largest network of lawyers and legal professionals is increasing its efforts to diversify the legal field.

Doctors from Ohio State University are working to bring more black men into the medical field, which they say will also lead to better outcomes for patients in underserved communities.

Child Injury Prevention Alliance

The city of Columbus is hiring more minoriy candidates as Columbus Police officers and firefighters. Officials give part of the credit to a two-year-old effort that includes residents in the hiring process as communitiy evaluators.

Gains have been made for women and people of color who work in movies and TV, but the numbers remain a long way from proportionately reflecting the U.S. population, according to a new study from UCLA.

The annual Hollywood Diversity Report looks at diversity both in front of and behind the camera. It also looks at box office and ratings.

A newly released report from Ohio’s inspector general found businesses were improperly certified for a state program.

The field of economics has a problem. At a time when more women than men are graduating from college and earning doctorates, just a third of Ph.D.s in economics go to women. That statistic has hardly budged in decades.

Diversity and Children's Books

Dec 13, 2018

Books are invaluable tools that help kids form opinions and learn about the world. They can teach kids about their own identity and help them make connections with others.

However, many children’s books lack the diversity needed to promote inclusion and a healthy learning environment for all.

Today on All Sides, the importance of diversity and children’s books.