World Cup, The LAGRANT Foundation, Latinx Collective, Facebook, Spotify, Staff Up Congress & more

The World Cup is a global celebration, and as I think most would agree, diversity was a big winner! Grant Wahl, one of my favorite soccer reporters, has this great commentary.

This year the LAGRANT Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary. This is an important milestone for an organization that has had a great impact in creating access for diverse professionals in PR. The Foundation, led by Kim Hunter, has awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarships to 400 students since its inception. You can learn more about the great work they do here. Congratulations to the LAGRANT Foundation team! 

Every summer a number of organizations serving diverse communities host their conferences, including NALEO in Phoenix,  NAACP in San Antonio, LULAC in Phoenix, UnidosUS in Washington DC, Essence Fest, NAHJ here in Miami and NABJ in Detroit. Most are listed in the events calendar here because they are important venues to connect with their constituents and learn about the opportunities and challenges they are facing. I’ll be updating this soon. Please share any additional events to be added.

Thank you to the Latinx Collective for including us this week – it helped me discover, follow and become a fan. If you don’t follow, you should! 

Here are a few headlines from last week including “West Point Gets 1st Black Superintendent in 216-Year History,” “Two New Multi-Million Dollar Funds Aim To Level The Playing Field For Women Founders And Creators of Color,” “Lack of diversity in top orchestras remains a major challenge for musicians of color” and this from The Hill titled “Latino Staffers Who Call the Shots on Capitol Hill.”  

In addition, we continue to hear about diversity challenges in tech. Facebook and Spotify released their annual diversity reports, both showing slow progress – if any; and Uber faced new issues. Here is this interesting read from Fast Company.  Here are good reads that speak to the experience of diverse professionals in tech, this from Ana Arias Gonzalez and this Stacy Brown-Philpot profile.

ICYMI Staff Up Congress is a a joint campaign between the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies working to “increase senior-level diversity.” Learn more here.

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