Kapor Center for Social Impact will be the partner with Google to address a lack of ethnic and gender diversity in its workforce, Google announced this week, right on the heels of their announcement that only 2% of Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are female.

The focus of the partnership is to help Google look at and address issues that may interfere with their recruiting pipeline. In a statement, Mitch Kapor, chair of the Kapor Center, said “The best entrepreneurs see big problems and create new solutions. Typically, they develop products that address a gap from their lived experience. By not proactively embracing diverse talent, Silicon Valley is leaving out entire markets that could yield untapped revenue.”

The Kapor/Google collaboration will focus on the following issues:

  • Foster an unbiased and inclusive workplace.
  • Boost the diversity of the hiring pool by searching for real talent and not just recognizing patterns of familiar candidates as a short-term solution.
  • Invest in fixing the pipeline to tech jobs by creating new generations of talent and developing a pipeline that resembles America as a long-term solution.

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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