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Monday, June 27, 2016

Editorial Writer/Columnist, Fort Lauderdale FL, Open for Hiring at tronc, Inc.

The position for an Editorial Writer/Columnist, Fort Lauderdale FL, is open for hiring at tronc, Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing), America's award-winning media company, and one of DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company members.

Job Overview: The successful applicant must be able to serve readers by delivering enterprising, insightful opinion content with speed, accuracy, fairness and creativity. This person will also be someone who can help develop new and engaging opinion products for the web.

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Serves as a member of the Editorial Board, evaluating issues that come before the board. Helps lead discussions aimed at formulating editorial position. Plans for and anticipates the flow of the news. Generates a steady stream of ideas for editorials and opinion features.
  • Produces well-organized editorials that are timely, provocative and provide unexpected insights. Connects a wide range of subjects to the impact they have on readers’ lives.
  • Able to write short, quick-hit opinion pieces on trending topics.
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
  • At least five years of journalism experience
  • Superior writing and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated track record with social media and comfort adapting to online technology
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Job Opening for a Packager Orlando, FL, at tronc, Inc.

A job opening for a Packager, Orlando, FL, is available at tronc, Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing), America's award-winning media company, and one of DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company members.

Job Overview: Full-time position; Responsible for the efficient and safe operation of Packaging equipment to ensure customers receive a complete and quality newspaper product and contributes to the division’s effort in attaining the goals and objectives contained in the current division operating plan.

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Perform the duties of hopper feeding when assigned to the inserter
  • Ensure that postal walk sequencing integrity is maintained during production of TMC product
  • Maintain correct housekeeping procedures including wood skid disposal, sortation and stacking of cardboard dividers and refuse removal
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • Should have at least a high school education or equivalent related experience
  • Must be skilled in inserting and press line operations, odd package make up, use of manual or electric material handling equipment, proper interpretation of the daily insert and press plan and application of product zone identification labels
  • Must be capable of standing for long durations, able to lift heavy objects and work irregular hours
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

tronc, Inc. Job Opening for Specialist, Email Marketing, Los Angeles, CA

tronc, Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing), America's award-winning media company, and among DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company members, has a job opening for a Specialist, Email Marketing, Los Angeles, CA.

Job Overview: The successful candidate for the role will flawlessly execute email marketing campaigns across tronc's network of elite news sites based in Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Orlando and additional communities, provide excellent service to internal customers and recommend new ideas and processes to his/her manager and colleagues.

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Interface with sales and marketing personnel to execute email marketing campaign, reporting and analysis requirements
  • Perform email campaign management, execution, reporting and analysis
  • Responsible for day to day support of e-mail vendor systems; including communication on enhancements, changes, support issues, outages and special projects with vendor account teams
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and two+ years of experience in a direct/database marketing, online media planning/buying, web analytics and/or similar role
  • One year hands-on background in email marketing preferred with knowledge of service providers such as Cheetah Mail. Knowledge of basic HTML preferred
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

tronc, Inc. (Tribune Publishing) Hiring a Sr. Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Los Angeles, CA

tronc, Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing), America's award-winning media company, and among DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company members, is hiring a Sr. Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Los Angeles,CA.

Job Overview: Help architect and operate the AWS infrastructure that powers the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and 150 other publications. Will be building a secure, highly available and high-performance environment that drives a cutting edge user experience

Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • BA/BS degree in a technical field or equivalent practical experience
  • At least 5 years experience building and tuning highly available infrastructure in AWS
  • Deep understanding of current AWS capabilities, limitations, and costing methodologies

For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

BI-LO Hiring a Technician Refrigeration, Columbia, SC

BI-LO, LLC (now Southeastern Grocers), the 5th largest conventional supermarket in the U.S., and DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company-member, is hiring a Technician Refrigeration, Columbia, SC.

Job Overview: The position will be responsible for the repairs of refrigeration and HVAC mechanical and electrical systems throughout retail locations to support operations and minimize product loss.

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Maintain refrigeration and HVAC for a group of retail locations.
  • Be proactive in refrigerant leak checking and repairs.
  • Perform refrigeration/HVAC preventive maintenance checks in a timely manner as assigned.
  • Monitor and log refrigerant usage within assigned stores.
  • Maintain clean and safe conditions in machine and electrical rooms.
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • Possesses a valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Trade school graduate in HVAC / R curriculum or equivalent work experience.
  • E.P.A. certified for refrigerant handling class I & II, or universal.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English proficiently.
  • Ability to understand and follow English instructions.
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Politics Can Make or Break Diversity

As the election period draws near to its climax, the topic of politics and the role it plays in the promotion of diversity and inclusion is brought to focus, especially in light of controversial, provocative statements coming from one of the presumptive presidential nominees.

More so, in view of what has been happening in recent years, at home and around the globe: gun violence, police brutality, hate crimes, terrorism - the role of politics in the affairs of a nation and of the world becomes more critical than ever.

After all, political leaders determine the fate of their nations; politicians and policymakers impact the lives of their constituents through the decisions and policies they make.

Thus the choice for a country's political leadership at all levels of the government, should be based on informed, critical, nonbiased judgment, as it can either divide or unite a country, ruin it or build it up, and move it towards lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity.

Being more engaged and concerned with political issues can help citizens to become wise in electing or supporting politcal leaders who reflect their own values and beliefs and who will ultimately affect their day to day lives, as well as the life of the nation. And this is so true for America.

Politics of Hate

Most people value peace, but for many, this means when there's similarity of beliefs, views, and lifestyles.

Yet, peace can co-exist in a pluralistic culture within a diverse society, such as American society. Unity in diversity can exist, but only when the politics of hate does not overrule the basic sense of people to preserve their own traditional attitudes, beliefs and mores.

But unfortunately, a politics of hate is being promoted; a climate of fear is being created, which undermines the values of diversity and inclusion. As a result, people suffer, lives are lost. The very recent sad, tragic Orlando shooting is just one example of this.

Enacted laws meant to further alienate transgenders – as in North Carolina's ban against the use of transgender bathrooms – are fine examples of a politics of hate. Such ban against access to bathrooms corresponding to one's gender identity is based mainly on fear, unsupported by data.

A politics of hate promotes a narrow, confined, shallow understanding of peace, something akin to what Bertrand Russell wrote as he explained the value of a philosophic life:
The private world of instinctive interests is a small one, set in the midst of a great and powerful world which must, sooner or later, lay our private world in ruins. Unless we can so enlarge our interests as to include the whole outer world, we remain like a garrison in a beleagured fortress, knowing that the enemy prevents escape and that ultimate surrender is inevitable. In such a life there is no peace, but a constant strife between the insistence of desire and the powerlessness of will. 

Politics and Racism

As discussed above, a politics of hate hinders the promotion of diversity.
One other factor that can impact diversity, either in a positive or negative way, is political orientation.

A research article published in the Journal of Social Science Studies discusses the correlation between political orientation and race and how these influence racism. 

According to the research, findings of previous studies have shown that political conservatives tend to oppose civil rights legislation, for example, affirmative action policies out of concern that such policies would create an environment where employers would resort to hiring quotas for women and minorities.[...]

An important aspect of this phenomenon is the so-called Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), wherein individuals or groups desire their in-group to dominate and be superior to out-groups.

With regards to racism, there seems to be a correlation between political conservatism and the so-called symbolic racism, which is the melding of anti-Black affect (generally politically conservative) and traditional American values, adopting “political correctness” and not expressing their prejudiced beliefs in public settings.

On the other hand, political liberalism correlates with aversive racism, in which political liberals have adopted and internalized non-prejudiced values and social norm striving for a more inclusive society, while maintaining latent negative affect toward minorities.

Thus, political leadership with conservative leanings tend to craft or support policies that may be prejudicial or discriminatory to minorities, including towards LGBT people. In the process, the promotion of diversity and inclusion is undermined. Conservative political leaders may not openly admit, nor be conscious of it, but underlying racist attitudes tend to be the basis of their policies and decisions.

These findings also suggest that political conservatives tend to be rigid or fixed in their attitudes, while political liberals, though they may carry conscious or unconscious prejudices, tend to become more open-minded and accepting of others.

Politics and Diversity

What better way is there to promote diversity and inclusion than modeling it in politics? Political diversity is the best way to ensure that political leaders are able to serve their constituents well, as they reflect their diversity, see things from broader perspectives, and let more voices heard.

Just as diversity is good for companies across all industries because it improves their bottomline, so does political diversity makes sense too for political leadership, in order to help build a more inclusive, just, equitable society.

Political diversity strengthens the political will to recognize the growing diversity of the American population, and to include the oft-marginalized sectors into consideration when legislating and crafting policies.

Political diversity allows political participation from a wider scope of the citizenry, including minorities, and this brings greater benefits to the nation. One thing for sure, it will help lessen, if not totally eradicate racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious, disability, veteran discrimination.

Yet , a survey done in 2013 showed a diversity gap in American poltics. An infographic by Lee & Low Books reveals a predominantly white and overwhelmingly male political leadership in the US.

This is the same problem with many industries. Big corporations, such as in the IT sector, are generally male and white.

It is not hard to think that the diversity gaps existing in the different sectors of American society is largely due to the lack of diversity in American politics.

Political Participation

Aside from a stronger political will to promote diversity and inclusion in all segments of the society in the U.S., the challenging time today calls for greater interest and participation of the citizenry in politics, or in the least, for active engagement with critical issues affecting the nation at present.
Political participation nowadays is better facilitated online through the different social media sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, as these serve as platforms for individuals and groups to share their ideas and opinions on various topics and issues, gather information and discuss things.

Just as in face-to-face discussions, conflicts can also arise in online discussions due to disparate viewpoints and temperaments or traits of users, according to a research article published by First Monday (a peer-reviewed journal on the internet). It presents findings based on previous studies and current study showing the relationship between social networking sites and political engagement.

The research concludes network diversity plays contradictory roles in political engagement via SNSs and is context specific. On the one hand, political diversity increased political interest which was associated with political engagement on SNSs. Yet, political diversity was associated with increased self–censoring behavior.

It also concludes that the effect of network diversity on self–censoring varied depending on individual traits. People with high self–disclosure tendencies and low diversity networks are the most likely to self–censor. Extant research shows that people with high self–disclosure tendencies are more likely to use Internet applications to maintain relationships (Stefanone and Jang, 2007). Recall that we argued previously about higher relational diversity being a result of indiscriminate friending. It is likely that disclosive individuals with low diversity networks are those who use SNSs to maintain meaningful networks of actual relationships. As a consequence, these users are increasingly mindful about the content of their online communication.

The point is however users enage online, it paves the way for greater participation in the political life of the nation. 

Yet, it should behoove people to be more mature and responsible as well in communicating with others, online or face-to-face, for after all, respectful communication deepens social relationships, and creates better understanding, peace and unity.

Thus, the spread of a culture of diversity and inclusion can be possible with stronger political will and support, plus people's engagement and participation in political activities, especially in choosing the right leaders to govern.

In light of the Orlando tragedy, here is a quote from one recent Yahoo news article:

How we react to them as a society -- whether by panicking and demanding blanket restrictions on members of a certain religion, or by taking measured steps to protect people in the U.S. without sacrificing the civil liberties that have made us who we are -- will speak volumes about the country we will be going forward. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Carestream Job Opening for Inside Account Manager, Atlanta, GA

A job opening for Inside Account Manager, Atlanta, GA, is available at Carestream, a worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets, and DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company-member.

Job Overview: The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for maintaining current customer base by placing outbound calls to current customers to uncover/ analyze customer needs and set on site and web based product demonstrations for outside sales team

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Conducts telephone and mail marketing to identify, develop and qualify customer/ prospect lists.
  • Responds to incoming customer calls to obtain orders for software add on licenses, answers to current customer questions, and set on site product demonstrations
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • Knowledge of company functions, product capabilities service options, hardware configurations, productions and marketing policies.
  • Past success in capital equipment sales and or commodity sales a plus
  • Must be an energetic, driven and self-motivated individual with sales skills, professionalism, and strong sense of customer focus
  • At least High School Graduate or GED
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Senior Manufacturing Financial Analyst, Windsor, CO, Job at Carestream

The position for Senior Manufacturing Financial Analyst, Windsor, CO, is open for hiring at Carestream, a worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets, and DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company-member.

Job Overview: The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for preparing, analyzing, forecasting and presenting monthly, quarterly and yearly financial data including department expenses, production variances and Unit Manufacturing Costs (UMC).

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Develop Annual Operating Plan plus 3 year Annual Strategic Review (ASR) for assigned operational area to include labor, overhead, and materials cost
  • Develop item level standard costs in SAP
  • Ensure compliance with internal control standards and SOX requirements and participate with audits
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting
  • 4+ years of related work experience in Cost Accounting
  • Ability to influence cross-functional teams through financial analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to effectively interpret and report on financial performance of operations results
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Carestream Hiring PMO Project Coordinator, Rochester, NY

Carestream, a worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets, and DiversityWorking.com's prestigious diversity company-member, is hiring a highly qualified individual for PMO Project Coordinator, Rochester, NY.

Job Overview: The successful candidate for the position will provide support for the Global PMO (Project Management Office). This will include support of day-to-day operational details in the PMO as well as support of ongoing PMO process development activities.

Job Duties & Responsibilities (among others)
  • Support PMO in development of PM training curriculum
  • Collaborates with the PMO Director and Project Management Council to develop processes and procedures to achieve PMO objectives
  • Supports PMO governance including reporting, governance meetings, project data collection, training and tools
  • Supports project managers in preparation of PPX design control deliverables
Job Qualifications/Requirements (among others)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Engineering, other applicable area, or equivalent mix of education and experience.
  • 3+ years of business analysis and/or project support experience.
  • Experience with a Stage, Phase Gate type or similar process.
  • Able to develop complex project schedules in MS Project, familiar with other Project Management tools and techniques.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, planning and organizing; teamwork; able to understand technical information.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, highly organized, and have high attention to detail.
For more details about this job and to apply for it, click on this link.

Why Hate Crimes Are Surging

Hate crimes are surging around the US, and it is an ugly truth for a nation proud of its heritage of faith and freedom, and whose population keeps growing more and more diverse. Diversity and inclusion remain a challenge to pursue.

Yes, there was its dark history of slavery and segregation, but America is in the new millenium, in the 21st century; racism and bigotry should have long been in the dustbin of the past.

An FBI report late last year noted that law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2014. And these crimes—which often have a devastating impact on the communities where they occur—left 6,727 victims in their wake. 

One highlight of that report is 47% of the 5,462 single-bias incidents reported in 2014 were motivated by race. Other motivators of hate crimes noted were sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and gender.

Just recently in Staten Island, NY, a black teenager died while being chased by a group of white teeners who were shouting racial slurs at him.
The New York Daily News reports that the fatal incident began outside of a hamburger restaurant last Friday. McKenzie and his friends were outside the restaurant when they came across a group of white teenagers. According to one of McKenzie’s friends, Harry Smith, the two groups got into an argument. The fight ended when the white teenagers left. But things turned violent when that group drove back and started chasing McKenzie and his friends. 

However, another news reported that the death of 16-year old Dayshen McKenzie does not appear to be a hate crime, as police said, and to which his mother agreed.
[…] the police said on Friday that it appeared to have resulted from a preplanned encounter between rival street gangs that ended with Mr. McKenzie running and suffering an asthma attack. Though anguished by the suggestion that her son was in a gang, the boy’s mother, Tisha Richardson, agreed that her son’s condition had caused his death. The racial slur was a casual expression among youth, she said, not evidence of a hate crime.

Just a casual expression among youth? Perhaps so, but is this enough excuse to dismiss it as a non-hate crime?

Yet an ex-cop witnessed a mostly white crew shouting racial epithets and waving a gun. […] “To me, it’s murder,” said Diane Fatigati, an ex-NYPD officer and 9/11 responder, who rushed to the aid of the dying McKenzie. “They were chasing him — that’s a crime. You’re hunting them because they’re black ... You’re calling them a n----r.”
The case is still awaiting hate crime investigators.

As mentioned above, there are other motivators for hate crimes, and this include religion.

Last year, attacks on Muslims in the US rose after the deadly Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

A report by the NY Times said the spike includes assaults on hijab-wearing students; arsons and vandalism at mosques; and shootings and death threats at Islamic-owned businesses, an analysis by a California State University research group has found. [...] “The terrorist attacks, coupled with the ubiquity of these anti-Muslim stereotypes seeping into the mainstream, have emboldened people to act upon this fear and anger,” said Brian Levin, a criminologist at California State University, San Bernardino. 

Note the mention of fear and anger.

LGBTs and people with disabilities are a common target as well of hate crimes. One article talks of gender-based hate crimes.

What compounds the situation is the “patchy reporting” of hate crimes around the country, a report said.
Advocates worry that the lack of a comprehensive, annual accounting disguises the extent of bias crimes at a time of heightened racial, religious and ethnic tensions. […] community groups have reported a notable increase in violence against Muslims and mosques in the wake of last year's terror acts in Paris and San Bernardino, California. Gay and transgender people also are regular targets. 

What are hate crimes? And why is there a surge in such crimes?

Hate crimes generally refers to criminal acts that are seen to have been motivated by bias against one or more of the types above, or of their derivatives. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, mate crime or offensive graffiti or letters (hate mail). 

The FBI definition

A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.- See here

Why do people hate?

It's all in the brain. A scientific study on the origin of hate, undertaken by a team of neurobiologists, showed that hate is activated in the brain, unlike love which is considered an emotion of the heart. A so-called 'hate circuit' exists in the frontal part of the brain which is involved in judging someone and predicting their behavior. 

Many factors determine why we hate, but a common factor is fear. Being afraid. And fear arises from lack of trust, or from lack of knowledge or information about someone or something, among other.

We are afraid of the strange unknown, and this can color our perception or our understanding. It can create more fear, anxiety and worry. We ask “what if?” Hence, fear of this kind, due to ignorance, can lead to prejudice or biases, as this study shows. Although here, a different kind of fear is shown – the fear of losing the power of privilege.

* Fear and Ignorance
At the heart of prejudice lies two concepts: ignorance and fear. All of us tend to have prejudicial attitudes towards others. This type of prejudice or "pre-judgment" is based on ignorance. It is a normal human response to racial, social, sexual and other forms of differences, because all human beings tend to prejudge others on the basis of limited knowledge, especially if they are different from us. [...]

* Privilege and Power

The study paper continues: The other factor is fear, and this one goes much deeper than ignorance, for its strikes at the root of prejudice, the issue of privilege and power.
In prejudice people are basically defending privilege of position and thus stand to gain emotionally, culturally, socially and economically from an attitude of prejudice towards others. [...]when people use their position of power, be it political or institutional, to reinforce their prejudices and to enforce them so that as a result of their racial prejudices the life chances, rights and opportunities of others are limited, the result is racism.

* Loyalty to One's Identified Group

As to racism, neuroscience is said to be involved as well. There is what is called conditioned racism, or ethnocentrism, defined as the view that our own ethnic group we strongly identify with – our so-called ingroup - is the center of everything. And this gives rise to strong negative attitudes, such as contempt, hostility and hatred, towards any outgroup.

The relation of comradeship and peace in the we-group and that of hostility and war towards others-groups are correlative to each other. The exigencies of war with outsiders are what make peace inside… Loyalty to the group, sacrifice for it, hatred and contempt for outsiders, brotherhood within, warlikeness without—all grow together, common products of the same situation.” 

The Surge in Hate Crimes

The rise in global terrorism has caused a surge in hate crimes, especially after the horrible 9-11 tragedy.

Since September 11, 2001, an increasingly strident message of xenophobia has permeated both fringe and mainstream political movements. This new climate has made immigrants and those of immigrant origin particular targets. A result has been heightened anxiety and rising violence against racial, ethnic, and religious minorities and a new climate of exclusion. In this climate, violence toward those who are deemed outsiders because of their sexual orientation, gender, or disability may be less visible, but it is no less threatening. - Read more from Everyday Fears: A Survey of Violent Hate Crimes in Europe and North America, (by Michael McClintock, Human Rights First)

Developing a More Inclusive Mindset

This is an inevitable consequence of diversity – tension, distrust and conflicts arise when people coming from different racial, cultural, religious, social, political, economic backgrounds have to live side by side and interact with one another.

Yet people can learn to be more open, accepting and tolerant of others. Empathy. Compassion. These are greatly needed today amid a world of strife.

Two ways can help people become more understanding and empathetic towards others.

* Developing Awareness
- Awareness of the evils of bigotry and racism can help a lot in spreading love, kindness and peace in our families, communities, workplace.

Information can easily be had at the click of a button. Why not Google about issues that matter, rather than following the lives of top celebrities.

Just look at this interactive d3.js visualization by a team of data scientists to see how much greater time is spent getting information on celebrities than on global issues such as global warming, poverty, and human rights.
Google search for global issues has a dismal popularity score of only 12.57%, against Google search for celebrities at 87.43%. A more specific breakdown shows human rights issues getting a popularity score of 3.35%.

It's high time people get to be more interested, engaged with what truly matters.

* Teaching children the values of diversity and inclusion, and of the evils of racism. This booklet discusses this in detail.

Diversity has garnered critics and naysayers, but if America and the world are to survive, it's time for people to learn to co-exist peacefully with one another.