Column: A Future Prosperous U.S. Economy Needs to Remember Its Diverse Population
To begin rebuilding U.S. infrastructure and repairing our economy, government agencies must create policies that create ways for minorities to contribute to the economy and move into the middle class, according to a new study reported on by the Huffington Post.
“To build a prosperity economy, leaders in the public and private sector must recognize our demographic moment, embrace diversity as an economic asset, and prepare today's diverse workforce -- and tomorrow's -- for the jobs of the future,” writes Angela Glover Blackwell for the HuffPost.
The study’s authors suggest various policies that could help build a prosperous economy with diversity and a minority-majority in mind, including expanding job training programs, providing universal pre-kindergarten programs and ending discrimination and disenfranchisement.
Blackwell goes even further, suggesting maximizing infrastructure projects to include job opportunities for people of color; fostering more innovation and business development support for entrepreneurship; and building a coordinated educational and workforce support system that breaks through the socioeconomic barriers that often exclude the poor--often minority--class from climbing the economic ladder.
Census Bureau To Consider Changes to Race, Ethnicity Reporting
The Census Bureau released recommendations on how it would measure race in future census surveys, including changes to how it treats “Hispanics” as a category, ending usage of the term “Negro,” and new ways to categorize Middle Easterners, the Associated Press reports.
The recommendations are based on an alternative survey distributed to 500,000 households during the 2010 Census. The proposed changes would also likely see an increase of people reporting multiple races as interracial marriage becomes more common.
In Recession, Businesses Opt to Cut Diversity Hiring, Lose Out
The stagnant economy has forced many companies to seek more cost-efficient business practices, leaving many initiatives like diversity hiring in the wayside, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Some companies view diversity hiring practices as a moral obligation, as opposed to a business benefit, and may be opting to move those resources into simply keeping the business alive. Experts stress, however, that these businesses are losing out, citing research that has consistently shown a more diverse workplace makes for a more successful company.
UT Files Supreme Court Brief In Defense of Its Affirmative-Action Policies
The University of Texas filed a brief this week with the Supreme Court claiming that its consideration of race during the admissions process is a “holistic review” that promotes diversity, the San Antonio Express reports.
The university’s admission practice takes into account what’s known as the “Top 10 Percent Rule”--state legislation that guarantees admission to state universities for the top 10 percent of its state high school students. The university, however, contends that it considers other admission factors beyond the Top 10 Percent, including culture, language, family and socioeconomic background, that it believes promotes a greater sense of diversity.
The university came under fire after a student filed a lawsuit in 2008 claiming that she did not get accepted because she was white. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in the upcoming term that starts in October, and its decision has the potential to overturn--or uphold--the 2003 Grutter vs. Bollinger case, which asserted that affirmative-action policies by universities was constitutional.
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