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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate in hiring?

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Universities are touted as bastions of diversity whose prime role is to encourage students to engage in critical thinking, ask tough questions and expose themselves to a diversity of ideas and opinions. If that is the mission of the university, they have dismally failed. Diversity is respected, up to a point, as long as it doesn’t include ideological diversity. As liberal commentator Nicholas Kristof observed in a recent New York Times op-ed, “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want…

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St. Pete City Council’s invocation highlights commitment to diversity

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St. Pete is a city of diversity. At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is reaching a peak, St. Pete invited a Muslim Imam to deliver it’s invocation and no one seemed to think twice. Meanwhile, people in the Muslim community are subjected daily to hateful rhetoric coming from mostly the Christian Conservative right. They’re compared to terrorists. They’re assumed to be either ISIS or ISIS sympathizers. For years, they’ve felt singled out in airport security lines or had to listen…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s victory highlights St. Pete’s progressive shift

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s City Council victory Tuesday wasn’t just a victory for her – it was a victory for women. For the first time in St. Petersburg’s history three of the city’s eight council members will be women. And that represents a win for diversity in general. The current council, and the one that will still exist after inaugurations in January, also contains three openly gay councilmembers including the two women currently on council, Darden Rice and Amy Foster, and Steve…

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Following questionable survey results, Rick Kriseman reaffirms vision of diversity and inclusion

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is reaffirming his commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion within city government after results from a city survey were released showing nearly all employees agreed with a diverse mission, but saw holes in the actual implementation of those same priorities. A survey of more than a third of the city’s 3,000 employees showed 95 percent of them agree there should be equal support and opportunities to grow in their careers. However, in that same survey…

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City of St. Pete internal survey shows diversity in theory, but not necessarily in practice

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St. Pete city employees want to have a diverse and inclusive workplace. The city conducted an internal survey of 1,124 of its employees. There are a little over 3,000 total employees, including about 500 part-timers. The results of that survey show that 95 percent of employees agree there should be equal support and opportunities to grow in their careers. The survey was voluntary and all employees could take it. Another 95 percent think people in the same job should have access…

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St. Pete may be diverse, but data show its neighborhoods are still segregated

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St. Pete is a diverse city. City leaders love to tout that. But a new data analysis shows that St. Pete is also still highly segregated. FiveThirtyEight.com founder and statistician Nate Silver looked at U.S. Census data to determine which of the nation’s most populous cities had segregated neighborhoods. A look at those cities in Southern states showed St. Pete topping the list in terms of segregation. While the Sunshine City has a diversity rating of 54 percent, it’s neighborhood…

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A different perspective from Bill Foster’s about St. Pete Pride

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Henry Boxlor was right in the middle of things last week at St. Pete Pride and reports back a much different perspective than that of Mayor Bill Foster.   His report: St. Pete Pride was fun, exciting, colorful and different. I have been at every St. Pete Pride event and have watched the event and the GLBT community grdaually morph into a new exciting and vibrant social movement. It seems to me that the Pride event has become more about…

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